Private 12420 Harry Perrins

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Grave photograph courtesy Margaret Carter and Steve Moore.

Died of Wounds at Sea on Monday, 21st June 1915, age 20.
Buried in Grave I. C. 54. at East Mudros Military Cemetery, Lemnos, Greece.

4th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 88th Brigade of 29th Division.

Son of Mr and Mrs Samuel Perrins, of 48 Hall Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Tipton, Enlisted: Worcester, Resident: Tipton.

First landed Balkans, 25th April 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the St. Matthew's Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/626450/

Genealogical Data

1901 Census
61 Bell Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Samuel Perrins (44, Chain Striker, born Lye), his wife Annie (43, born Stourbridge), and their 5 children: Arthur (24, Chain Striker, born Pontypridd), Annie (19, born Tipton), Ellen R. (13, born Tipton), Henry W. (8, born Tipton), and Edith M. (5, born Tipton).

1911 Census
Norton Barracks, Norton, Worcester.
Private Harry Perrins, Worcestershire Regiment, age 18, Single, born Tipton, Staffs.

Married Mary Beatrice Taylor in December quarter 1905, registered at Stourbridge.
Mary remarried in September quarter 1916 to Arthur Chatterton, the marriage being registered at Kings Norton.

Personal Data

Harry Perrins had been a regular soldier with the 4th Worcesters for about three years when war broke out, and had served for two years in India.

Action resulting in his death

Harry Perrins landed with the 4th Worcesters at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on 25th April 1915. It is likely that William was involved in the three Battle of Krithia between 28th April and 7th June when the 4th Worcesters made small gains, but were still some way short of Krithia. After a few days rest in Gully Beach, they returned to the front line on 12th June, doing much hard work to improve the trenches and bury the dead.

On the 18th June, the 4th Worcesters were to have been relieved again, but an attack by the 42nd Division on their right caused this to be postponed. The attack initially captured the Turkish front line trench, but the Turks forced them back and even captured the 42nd Division's front line. The Worcesters were ordered to deliver a counter-attack which they did forcing the Turks back to their own lines.

It is possible that this was the incident which led to Harry Perrins receiving the wounds from which he died on 21st June, on board a Hospital Ship probably en-route to Alexandria. Harry was buried at sea, and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald 3rd July 1915
Mr and Mrs Samuel Perrins of 48 Hall Street, Tipton, have just received official intimation of the death, on June 21st, of their son Harry Perrins, from wounds received in the fighting with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. The deceased, who would only have been 21 in August next, was a single man and had been in the 4th Battalion, Worcesters Regiment for about three years when war broke out. He had served for two years in India. As a boy he was educated at the old Five Ways (Tipton Green) Council School, and worked for a short time at Wright's Works, Sedgley Road.
An older brother served through the Boer War. The parents have six children, the youngest of whom is aged 18. The father of the dead soldier is an invalid, unable to work.

Tipton Herald 24th June 1916
PERRINS: In loving memory of Private Harry Perrins of Hall Street, Tipton, who died for his King and Country, June 21st 1915. Not forgotten by his mother, father, sisters, brother. Gone from our home, but not our hearts.