George Perry (1893–1917)


Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 70508 10th Battalion

Photo courtesy Alan Perry

George Perry in WW1

George was born in 1893, the son of Joel and Alice Perry. His father was an old soldier who had served in the 95th Foot during 1879, serving in Ireland, Egypt and India. George was one of the first to enlist and is on the photograph of the 1914 Crich recruits. He was killed, aged twenty-four, on 29th October 1917 and is remembered on the Tyne Cot Memorial.

Crich recruits in 1914

Ian P. Macdonald; William Burr; William Curzon; John Walker; Nelson Martin;
Jack Kneebone; William Frost; Walter (Wammy) Mellors; Jack Cauldwell;
Jack Porter; George Perry; Noble Tomlinson


Crich recruits 1914

Included with these recruits are: Ian Macdonald; Billy Curzon; Jack Porter; Walter (Wammy) Mellors; Jack Kneebone; Billy Burr; Noble Tomlinson; Tom Coleman; Billy Frost; Luke Coleman; Jack Cauldwell; George Perry. It is believed that John Roe, brothers Herbert and Steven Bollington (and possibly John) are also amongst this group.

George Perry in  WW1

George Perry with Hannah Breedon

Joel PerryAs was reported in the Derbyshire Times of 17th November 1917, George's father Joel was an old soldier having served the 95th Foot in 1879. He served in Ireland and fought at the Chitral, the Egyptian War, and the Indian Frontier.




eorge Perry's family

George's sisters Ann and Rhoda with their father Joel c1908

Medal Roll Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Newspaper article

Derbyshire Times, 17 November 1917
newspaper photo of George PeryMr Joel Perry, of the Market Place, Crich, received the sad news last week that his youngest son Pte George Perry, of the Sherwoods, was killed in action on the 29th ult., as the following letter from Lance-Corpl. Summers indicates: – "It is with my deepest sympathy I have to announce the death of your son, George Perry, attached to the Sherwoods. It was on Monday afternoon the 29th Oct. that the enemy opened a terrible bombardment on our strong-point, and about 4.30 a shell struck the main dug-out, and the captain and sergeant major and your son and several other fine fellows bravely gave their lives, and I can only thank God that I am here to write these sad lines to you. I and all our men send our deepest sympathy to you, as he was one of the finest men in the Company. If you wish to know further details I am willing to help you." Pte. George Perry was employed at the Butterley Co's Quarries, Crich, previous to enlisting in August 1914. He was 24 years of age last January, single, and lived with his father. His father is also an old soldier having served the 95th Foot in 1879 and served in Ireland and fought at the Chitral, the Egyptian War, and the Indian Frontier. In fact deceased belongs to a fighting family, as he had six nephews in the present war, and his grandfather, Mr John Perry, fought in the Crimean War.

The war diary says that they were improving the dugouts under RE instruction. [Steve Morse]

It is assumed that George's father Joel received a missing in action telegram. He sent a photo (which includes another soldier – probably his brother Joseph) with an enquiry regarding George to the War Office and received the following reply.

Letter from War Office about George Perry

Letter courtesy Alan Perry

Sir, In further reply to your letter of 29th November 1917 concerning the above named soldier, I am directed to inform you that enquiries have been made and it is now reported from the Base that he was killed in action on the 29th October 1917. The original report that Pte. Perry was missing is due to the fact that at the time the casualty occurred definite information was not forthcoming.
The anxiety so caused to you is regretted but I am to point out that it is not always possible to obtain definite information regarding individual soldiers immediately after action.
I am to express the sympathy of the Army Council and to forward for your information together with the enclosure forwarded by you a leaflet regarding the case of soldiers’ graves in case it may not previously have come under your notice.

I am sir, your obedient servant, R. C. Fowler Mr J. Perry, Market Place, Crich, Derbyshire

His brother Joseph Perry was on the Crich Roll of Honour reported in the Belper News and Derbyshire Telephone dated 13 November 1914 , stangely George was not.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials G.
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
Unit 10th Bn.
Ages 32
Date of Death 29/10/17
Service No 70508
Additional Information Son of Joel Perry, of Market Place, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A

war graves certificate for George Perry

Photo courtesy Alan Perry

Tyne Cott memorial with George Perry inscribed

Inscription on the Tyne Cot Memorial

Soldiers' Effects Book
George Perry ; 10th BN Notts & Derby; Private 70508; killed in action 29.10.17; War Gratuity £13 10s 0d; paid out to:
17.4.18 fater Joel £8 4s 10d
14.11.19 father Joel £13 10s 0d


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Joel Perry Head 45 Navvy Crich
Alice Perry wife 37   Shrewsbury
Lilly Perry daughter 14 Domestic servant Crich
William Perry son 13 Limestone quarry Crich
Joseph Perry son 11   Crich
Ellen Perry daughter 10   Crich
George Perry son 8   Crich
Russell Perry son 5   Crich
Rhoda Perry daughter 4   Crich
Ann Perry daughter 1   Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 6 page 4

1911: Sun Lane, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Information Where born
Joel Perry Head (wdwr) 56 Hosekeeper Crich
Lilly Perry daughter 24   Crich
William Perry son 23 Labourer general Crich
Joseph Perry son 22 Labourer general Crich
Ellen Perry daughter 20 Domestic Crich
George Perry son 18 Labourer general Crich
Rhoda Perry daughter 14 Domestic Crich
Ann Perry daughter 11 School Crich

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