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Eric PERKINS

Regimental number2421
Place of birthPrahran, Victoria
SchoolState School, Malvern Road, Hawksburn, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationStriker
Address247 Barkly Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 9.5"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Ethel Perkins, 247 Barkly Street, St Kilda, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 49th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date1 June 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A64 Demosthenes on 16 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll59th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records25
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 17), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
168
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Alfred Joseph and Alice Ethel PERKINS, 17 Mitchell Street, St. Kilda, Victoria
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2014 Pte Colin Ernest PERKINS, 59th Bn, killed in action, 19 July 1916.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Marched in to Mediterranean Expeditionary Force for the Dardanelles, 19 September 1915.

Taken on strength, Anzac Base, Mudros, 28 September 1915; transferred to Anzac, Gallipoli, 3 October 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 22 October 1915 (scabies); transferred to Hospital Ship 'Formosa', 23 October 1915, and admitted to Military Hospital, Imtarfa, Malta, 28 October 1915; transferred to Manval Hospital, 6 November 1915; to Spinold Camp, 23 November 1915; to Australian Overseas Base, Ghezireh, Egypt, 11 December 1915; rejoined 6th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 7 January 1916.

Transferred to 58th Bn, 17 February 1916.

Transferred to 59th Bn, 15 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 18 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19 July 1916.

Fate subsequently determined as 'Killed in Action, 19 July 1916'.

Note, Red Cross File No 2130801: 'No trace Germany. Cert by Capt. Mills. 10.10.16.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, PERKINS Eric
Red Cross File No 2130801

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