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Frederick William PERKINS

Regimental number6089
Place of birthBirmingham, England
ReligionChurch of Christ
AddressKongorong, South Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation27
Height5' 4"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M E Perkins, Kongorong, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 May 1916
Place of enlistmentMount Gambier, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, 19th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

'For conspicuous courage at Mont de Merris near Strazeele on night of 2-3 August 1918.'
Recommendation date: 10 June 1918

FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918

Military Medal

'In the operations against enemy positions at MONT DE MERRIS near STRAZEELE on night 2nd/3rd June, 1918, Private PERKINS was one of a party of three men under Sergeant PULLEN who attacked and captured three German machine guns in action. The first gun was rushed with the bayonet and the crew either killed or captured: the other two guns were attacked with hand grenades and the crews driven off. Throughout the action he showed great courage and dash, and set a fine example to the men of his platoon who witnessed the act.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date17 April 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 20 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 30 September 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 4 December 1916; taken on strength, 10th Bn, France, 2 January 1917.

Wounded in action (gun shot wound, right forearm), 25 February 1917; admitted to 45th Casualty Clearing Station, and transferred to 1st Canadian General Hospital, France, 27 February 1917; to England, 1 March 1917, and admitted to 3rd Auxiliary Hospital, Brighton, 2 March 1917; transferred to Wynch Cross Hospital, 17 March 1917; discharged on furlough, 4 April 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 19 April 1917.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 20 April 1917; marched out to 10th Bn; transferred to 70th Bn and taken on strength, 24 April 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 9 October 1917; rejoined unit, in the field, 16 October 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Australian Field Ambulance, 28 January 1918 (scabies); transferred to 53rd Casualty Clearing Station, 13 February 1918; to 25th General Hospital, Boulogne, 16 February 1918; to No 1 Convalescent Depot, 28 March 1918; to No 10 Convalescent Depot, Escaut, 21 April 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 26 April 1918 (trench fever).

Wounded in action, second occasion (gun shot wound, left arm), 20 September 1918; admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing Station and transferred to 5th Australian General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, and admitted to Bristol War Hospital, 27 September 1918.

Awarded Military Medal, 8 October 1918.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Marmari', 21 December 1918; disembarked, Melbourne, 4 February 1919; discharged, Adelaide, 17 April 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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