Powis Castle remembers its WWI hero

First Mounting of the Welsh Guards. Soldiers stand in formation.

We’ve transformed the cellars at Powis Castle into a recreation of a Somme trench to commemorate the battle’s centenary.

Percy Clive, one of the castle’s former residents fought at the Battle of the Somme. Percy, son of the 4th Earl of Powis, was seriously injured, brought back to hospital in London but later died. He was 23 years old.
 
As well as the Somme trench there is an officer’s dugout, and Percy’s story will be brought to life with archive films and wartime objects. 
 
Percy was born into a life of wealth and privilege. As a new heir, his arrival brought fresh hope to the estates. There were huge celebrations across the family lands in Powys and Shropshire at the time of his birth, although his coming-of-age revelries were curtailed by the outbreak of war. 
 

Percy joins up

 
Percy joined the newly formed Welsh Guards in 1915, and served as an officer in the War.  He was involved in heavy fighting in the second battle of Ypres, and later in the Somme offensive at Flers-Courcelette which was where he was injured.
 
His death in 1916 was the first of a sequence of family tragedies that led to the Castle passing into our care in 1952.
 
You can experience Percy’s story at Powis Castle until 5 November 2017.
 
If you’ve got family connections to the Powis estates, we’d love to hear your own war stories. You can share your stories with us by emailing or contacting us on 01938 551920