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We have recently had some work experience students in the archives, who have done some research for our blog. This post was written by Emily Tonkinson of Pool Hayes Academy, Willenhall:


Express & Star article on William Perry

Express & Star article on William Perry, December 1914


William Perry was born on the 10th of March in Heath Town, to Thomas and Mary Jane Perry in the year 1881. He had two siblings that we know of, Nellie Perry and Thomas Perry, and married Jane Darling at a date which is unknown and was living at 38 Chester Street in 1901. He was schooled at the St Andrews Church of England [School], and in 1905 he enlisted in the army, serving three years with the Colours and six with the Reserve before going to France.

He held the rank of Private and belonged to the regiment Coldstream Guards, with the service number of 6668. He was killed at Poperinghe during the First Battle of Ypres on the 10th of November 1914, and was buried at the Poperinghe Cemetery at the age of only 33.