Driver Percy Charles Perkins
Rank or Title
Date of Birth
Date of Death
16 Jan 1918
Place of Birth
World War I Address
Place of Death
Soldier or Civilian
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.