Harry Perks was the son of David and Lavinia Perks of Lye and worked originally as a plate layer on the Great Western Railway. By the time of the Great War he was married with two children and living at 79 High Street, Wollaston, where they had a drapery and ladies outfitting business. He enlisted early in 1917 and joined the 4th Battalion of the Worcesters. His final leave before being sent abroad had been as recent as October. He arrived in the front line just before the battle of Cambrai which opened on the 20th November. The Worcesters followed up the original breakthrough but suffered casualties during the advance. Among them was Private Harry Perks who was badly injured and died on the 22nd November. He was 40 years of age and is buried in Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville St. Vaast (II F 7) and commemorated on the Stourbridge, Lye and Wollescote, and Wollaston church Memorials.
Heath Lane, Stourbridge, West Midlands DY8 1QX, DY8 1QX
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