Eric PERKINS

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PERKINS, Eric

Service Number: 2421
Enlisted: 1 June 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 59th Infantry Battalion
Born: Prahran, Victoria, Australia, 24 August 1890
Home Town: St Kilda, Port Phillip, Victoria
Schooling: Hawksburn State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Striker
Died: Killed in action, France, 19 July 1916, aged 25 years
Cemetery: VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

1 Jun 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2421, 6th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2421, 6th Infantry Battalion
16 Jul 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2421, 6th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
19 Jul 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2421, 59th Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 59th Infantry Battalion, Fromelles (Fleurbaix)

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

His brother 2014 Pte Colin Ernest Perkins 59th Battalion was killed in action the same day, 19 July 1916.

Eric was born in Prahran, and lived and worked in St.Kilda as an engineer. He embarked with the 7th reinforcements to the 6th Battalion on 16 July 1915. He was transferred to Anzac on 3 October 1915, but was evacuated with scabies to Malta on during November 1915. He eventually transferring to the 59th Bn in March 1916. Eric went missing on 19 July 1916, later confirmed killed on that date. He was 25 years old at time of death. His mother was contacted by the AIF in 1921, to see if she had received any information from returned men about her son’s death, and she replied she had no further information, apart what had given by the authorities, but she did add "…..fully realising the difficulties to be faced by those seeking our fallen soldiers, I rest assured that all is being done that is humanly possible, and I thank those who have made efforts to recover our dear ones, yours faithfully, Alice Perkins." 

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