|Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)||70508||10th Battalion|
Photo courtesy Alan Perry
George was born in 1893, the son of Joel and Alice Perry. His father was an old soldier who had served in the 95th Foot during 1879, serving in Ireland, Egypt and India. He was one of the first to enlist and is on the photograph of the 1914 Crich recruits. He was killed, aged twenty-four, on 29th October 1917 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.
Ian P. Macdonald; William Burr; William Curzon; John Walker; Nelson Martin;
Jack Kneebone; William Frost; Walter (Wammy) Mellors; Jack Cauldwell;
Jack Porter; George Perry; Noble Tomlinson
Included with these recruits are: Ian Macdonald; Billy Curzon; Jack Porter; Walter (Wammy) Mellors; Jack Kneebone; Billy Burr; Noble Tomlinson; Tom Coleman; Billy Frost; Luke Coleman; Jack Cauldwell; George Perry. It is believed that John Roe, brothers Herbert and Steven Bollington (and possibly John) are also amongst this group.
As was reported in the Derbyshire Times of 17th November 1917, George's father Joel was an old soldier having served the 95th Foot in 1879. He served in Ireland and fought at the Chitral, the Egyptian War, and the Indian Frontier.
Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.
Derbyshire Times 17 November 1917
CRICH SOLDIER KILLED IN DUG-OUT
Mr Joel Perry, of the Market Place, Crich, received the sad news last week that his youngest son Pte George Perry, of the Sherwoods, was killed in action on the 29th ult., as the following letter from Lance-Corpl. Summers indicates: – "It is with my deepest sympathy I have to announce the death of your son, George Perry, attached to the Sherwoods. It was on Monday afternoon the 29th Oct. that the enemy opened a terrible bombardment on our strong-point, and about 4.30 a shell struck the main dug-out, and the captain and sergeant major and your son and several other fine fellows bravely gave their lives, and I can only thank God that I am here to write these sad lines to you. I and all our men send our deepest sympathy to you, as he was one of the finest men in the Company. If you wish to know further details I am willing to help you." Pte. George Perry was employed at the Butterley Co's Quarries, Crich, previous to enlisting in August 1914. He was 24 years of age last January, single, and lived with his father. His father is also an old soldier having served the 95th Foot in 1879 and served in Ireland and fought at the Chitral, the Egyptian War, and the Indian Frontier. In fact deceased belongs to a fighting family, as he had six nephews in the present war, and his grandfather, Mr John Perry, fought in the Crimean War.
It is assumed that George's father Joel received a missing in action telegram. He sent a photo (which includes another soldier) with an enquiry regarding George to the War Office and received the following reply.
Letter courtesy Alan Perry
Sir, In further reply to your letter of 29th November 1917 concerning the above named soldier, I am directed to inform you that enquiries have been made and it is now reported from the Base that he was killed in action on the 29th October 1917. The original report that Pte. Perry was missing is due to the fact that at the time the casualty occurred definite information was not forthcoming.
The anxiety so caused to you is regretted but I am to point out that it is not always possible to obtain definite information regarding individual soldiers immediately after action.
I am to express the sympathy of the Army Council and to forward for your information together with the enclosure forwarded by you a leaflet regarding the case of soldiers’ graves in case it may not previously have come under your notice.
I am sir, your obedient servant, R. C. Fowler Mr J. Perry, Market Place, Crich, Derbyshire
|Regiment/Service||Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)|
|Date of Death||29/10/17|
|Additional Information||Son of Joel Perry, of Market Place, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A|
|Cemetery||TYNE COT MEMORIAL|
Photo courtesy Alan Perry
RG13 piece 3231 folio 6 page 4
1911: Sun Lane, Crich
RG14PN20984 RG78PN1251 RD436 SD4 ED13 SN135