Colin Ernest PERKINS


PERKINS, Colin Ernest

Service Number: 2014
Enlisted: 11 January 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 1892
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Hawksburn State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Packer
Died: Killed in action, France, 19 July 1916
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

11 Jan 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2014, 7th Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2014, 7th Infantry Battalion
17 Apr 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2014, 7th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2014, 59th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His brother 2421 Private Eric Perkins 59th Battalion was killed in action the same day 19 July, 1916. Age 25.

Colin Ernest Perkins was born in 1892 in East Melbourne to Alfred Joseph Perkins and Alice Ethel Swifte. His family, however, were not inclined to stay in one place long: the child before him was born in Prahran and the one after in Kew. The child before him was Eric and the two were very close. In 1910 when the family was in Hawthorn they had become a pair of tearaways and were in the Richmond Court on a variety of charges: the most serious being arson. They had set fire to a residence in Swan Street, ‘just for fun’ they said later. As well they had stolen 4s 7d worth of pennies from the money-in-the-slot gas meter inside the house. On another occasion they had broken into a house and smashed several mirrors.

Colin worked as an assistant at a chemical works. He embarked with 5th reinforcements to the 7th Battalion on 17 April 1915, joined the 7th Battalion on Gallipoli on 5 August 1915, and arrived back in Alexandria unscathed in early January 1916. He was transferred to the 59th Bn at Serapeum on the 24 February 1916, and was killed at Fromelles with B Company at the age of 23 . He is remembered at VC Corner Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles