George PERKINS
Rank: Gunner
Number: 92661
Unit: 22nd Heavy Battery ROYAL GARRISON ARTILLERY
Date of Death: 22 July 1917
Age: 37
Cemetery: Templeux-le-Guerard Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Army records published after the War indicate George was born in the Stockport area and he may, therefore, be the 21 year old listed on the 1901 Census living at 5 Hallam Street, Cale Green. The house was occupied by George Perkins, senior, a painter who was a widower and his eight children.

The future soldier is believed to have married Edith Faulkner in 1901 at St Thomas’ Church and, sometime after this they moved to Bootle where, when the War started, they were living at 19 Springwell Road, with their three children. George enlisted into the army at Bootle and his service number is sufficiently low to suggest that this was within a couple of weeks of the declaration of War.

23rd Heavy Battery was certainly raised in August 1914 and went overseas on active service on 15 September 1915. Few records now remain of Garrison Artillery units and it is not possible to know the circumstances in which George was killed in action. Most artillerymen, however, were killed by German shelling which had been targeted on their position.

By 1919, Edith had returned to Stockport and married George Robinson at Tiviot Dale Methodist Church. In the early 1920s, she was living at 25 Wellington Grove, Shaw Heath.

   
           
   
     
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