Driver Percy Charles Perkins

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

16 Jan 1918

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

United Kingdom

Place of Death

28 Dane Road
United Kingdom

Grave Location

East London Cemetery
E13 0HB
United Kingdom

Luton ward

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier

Percy met a tragic end, in a house in Luton.

Billeted in town whilst serving with 6th Reserve Brigade. Royal Field Artillery; for whatever reason, he commited suicide.

He hailed from East Ham, married to Flora Perkins, father of two children

We can only guess at the mental anguish this man felt which, made him take his own life.

Percy, you are remembered.


The Luton News: Thursday, December 17th, 1918.

At half-past even yesterday morning, a Biscot soldier made a terrible discovery. Billeted at the house of Mrs Clarke, 28 Dane Road, he found a comrade billeted at the same house dying with his throat cut in the lavatory.

There was a tremendous quantity of blood about the place, from a gaping wound in the throat. Aid was immediately summoned, but when Capt Dugon (R.A.M.C.), of the Royal Field Artillery Brigade, arrived on the scene he at once pronounced life extinct. The body was removed to Biscot.

Det-Sgt Bacon was also on the scene very quickly, and received from a soldier a blood-stained razor which had been found near the body. The circumstances obviously suggested suicide.

The deceased is Driver Percy Charles Perkins, of the R.F.A., and he hails from East Ham. A married man with two children, he had won the esteem and respect of his comrades and was most highly spoken of by the landlady. He was one of three billeted at the house.

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Author: David

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