South Staffordshire War Memorials

Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the South Staffordshire area who died during the two World Wars.

R G Perkin

Robert George Perkin was born at Swinfen near Lichfield in 1893. His father was also named Robert George and his mother was Bertha. By 1901 the family lived at Hayes Bank, Stone, where Robert senior was farm bailiff. In 1911 Robert junior (aged 17) was working as milk-boy at a farm at Tean, Stoke-on-Trent and Robert senior and Bertha were living at Croxden. At the time of Robert junior's death the family were living at New Cottage, Stretton.

Robert enlisted in the North Staffordshire Regiment in about December 1915. He joined the 2/6th Battalion, a second-line unit which was sent to Ireland in April 1916 to assist in quelling the uprising that broke out in Dublin and elsewhere. The battalion returned to England in January 1917 and after a brief period of training went to France, joining the front at Estrees, south of the Somme, in early March. Robert was killed in action on 14th April as his division was involved in the Pursuit of the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line. Robert has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

Robert George Perkin, 241419, was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

This memorial has mostly been compiled from official sources. It would be good to be able to expand it with more personal material - memories, stories, photos, etc. If you have any suitable material or any corrections please contact Greg.