Charles Henry Perkins, Lancashire Fusiliers

1893 Oct/Dec Born Over Darwen, Lancashire

1901 census at 52, Norbury Street, Oldham

1910 Circa, Enlisted in 5th Lancashire Fusiliers, a Territorial Battalion.

1911 census at 39 George Street, Bury, Lancashire

1914 Aug 5. The 5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers was embodied (mobilized) at Bury and then men were asked to volunteer for Imperial Service as their Territorial terms of service were for home defence only.

1914 Aug 20. They went to tented camps at Turton near the Wayoh reservoir, Chesham and Holingworth Lake, Rochdale where they trained and formed-up as a brigade.

1914 Sep 9. Embarked in Southampton. By now he was a Corporal.

1914 Sep 25 Arrived at Alexandria in Egypt. The 5th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers was based around Cairo where, after acclimatisation, the men were to defend the Suez Canal

1915 Feb 3. . The Turks advanced across the Sinai desert and the Lancashire Fusiliers fought them off

1915 April. They were ordered back to Alexandria where they were to sail to Gallipoli .

1915 May 5. The Fusiliers arrived at Cape Helles at Gallipoli where they were involved in a series of moves to clear the bridgehead around the village of Krithia until May 8th. The attacks lasted for three months and The Division was reduced to a third of its strength through casualties and sickness by August 1915

1915 Dec 28. They arrived on Mudros after being withdrawn from Gallipoli

1916 Jan 15. They got back to Alexandria and moved to the Cairo area again. About this time the machine gunners of infantry battalions were transferred to the new Machine Gun Corps. Charles Perkins was transferred to the MGC and became a Company Sergeant Major (Warrant Officer Class II) in the Machine Gun Corps.

1916 Spring. The 125th Brigade returned to the Suez Canal and in August they advanced into the Sinai desert, marching through severe heat to Romani where they engaged the Turks and pushed them back. The British Army then created a railway and water course through the desert to enable them to enter Palestine and the Lancashire brigade with its machine gun company provided an advanced guard during the work as far as El Arish.

1917 Feb 27. 125th Brigade landed in France, from Egypt. They joined III Corps in the Fourth Army. They soon moved to North to Havrincourt, South of Cambrai where they stayed until July 1917. In August they moved to Albert, on the Somme.

1917 Aug (circa) to officer cadet battalion in England

1917 Nov 27 Commissioned. Cadet to be 2nd Lt in Machine Gun Corps (Infantry). Charles Henry Perkins

1919 Sep 14. After WW1 he went to Ireland with Lancashire Fusiliers and was found dead in his hotel bedroom in the North Star Hotel, Dublin. His cause of death was "cerebral hemorrhage". Celebral Haemorage comes from two sources.

Given his age and the fact that the coronor said an inquest was unnecessary, the assumption would be that he suffered head trauma, either accidental or self administered.

His CWGC lists his grave/memorial as EP 152 6681 at Bury Cemetery, Redvales.

British Soldiers died in Ireland

WO 339/104420 His Service Record

Death Reg . Dublin North. Jul/Sep 1919 Vol 2, page 302