Perkins, Herbert Hector (Bert)

Age: 29
Date of birth: 26th March 1887

Parents: Sydney and Elizabeth Perkins
Wife: Alice Perkins
Address: 23 Woodhouse Street

Occupation: Gardener

Bert was born in Belgaum, Karnataka, India on 26th March and was baptised on 7th April, 1887.

By 1901 his father Sydney, an Army Sergeant, had retired and the family were living at 3 Queen’s Square, Warwick. Sydney is recorded as “living on own means”. At that point there were four children in the household: Bert, aged 14 and working as a clothes shop boy, Ethel (10), Winifred (6) and Hector (9 months).

By 1911 Sydney and Bert’s mother Elizabeth had had seven children although one had died. In the census record Bert’s older sister Maud Elizabeth was listed then crossed out. As she is recorded as aged 25 and working as a cook in domestic service, she may not have been living with her parents. Similarly Hector’s younger sister Ethel, who was working as a medical attendant, is listed and crossed out. Winifred was working as a cigar maker. Harold now had another younger brother, Sidney, aged 7. Bert aged 23 was working as a gardener.

Warwick Advertiser 18th November 1916

Bert’s brother Hector died in June 1929 and Bert is remembered on his gravestone, as is their sister Maud, who died in 1942 (photo above). The inscriptions read:

Sacred to the memory of Hector Norman Perkins who passed away June 6th 1929 aged 28 years.
Also to Herbert Harold Perkins, killed in action Oct 22nd 1916 aged 29 years.
In loving memory of Elizabeth Maud Perkins died 24th November 1942 aged 57 years
For thus saith the lord God: Behold I even I will both search my sheep and seek them out.

Military Service

Rank & Number: Rifleman, 5709
Regiment/Service: 1st/6th (City of London) Battalion, London Regiment (City of London Rifles)
Brigade/Division: 140th Brigade, 47th Division
Date of death: Sunday, October 22, 1916
Cause of death/Battle: Killed in action at Ypres
Commemorated/Buried: Menin Gate
Awards: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Commemorated locally at: St Pauls Church

Contributors

  • Unlocking Warwick Research Group
  • Memorial photograph courtesy of David Oliver
  • Warwick Advertiser excerpt courtesy of Warwickshire County Record Office

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