Percy Bainbridge is the husband of the late Ava Bainbridge, and is the father of two children (including Sarah Bainbridge) from his first marriage, and Iris Bainbridge from his marriage to Ava. In November 1915, The Woolpack caught alight (unknown to everyone, was purposely caused by Levi Dingle) and Percy was the only one to make it out on his own. Hugo Dawson ran straight into the burning pub, with Maggie Sugden going in after him. Maggie brought out Iris whilst Hugo brought out Ava who was pronounced dead on scene. Percy decided he couldn't rebuild The Woolpack yet and went to stay with Margaret Burrows.
By 1918, Percy had decided to leave the village with his children.