John George PERKS
Rank: Private
Number: 28149
Unit: 10th Battalion CHESHIRE Regiment
Date of Death: 14 July 1916
Age: 37
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

John Perks was born in the Winson Green area of Birmingham but had moved by the time of the 1901 Census. His parents were Emily and Thomas and the family home was at 27 Brady Street, Porttwood, Stockport. Thomas is believed to have died between January and March 1903.

John was married to Lucy who, after the war had re-married (to a Mr Perry) and was living at 15 Victoria Road, Turncroft Lane, Stockport.  John enlisted into the army at Stockport, originally into the Royal Garrison Artillery (service number 4652). At some point he was transferred to the infantry and was killed during the fighting described here.

John was originally posted as being "missing "after the attack and it was not until July 1917 that the family would receive notification that an official presumption of death had been made. By then Emily Perks would already have received notification that another son, James, had been killed in action on 14 February 1917 whilst serving with the South Lancashire Regiment. The following year, she would again receive a telegram from the War Office telling her that a third son, Ernest, had also been killed whilst with the North Staffordshire Regiment.

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