Colonel Aeneas F.Q. Perkins M.C.

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  1. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    I have a small booklet entitled "Standing Orders for War & Peace for 4th Divisional Engineers". Dated 1939, it was clearly published between June 1939 as there are references to orders at that time and the Division's departure for France in September, it appears to have been compiled at the insistence of the C.R.E., Lieut. Col. AE. F.Q. Perkins.

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    I was aware that Perkins had been replaced by the time the division went to France but have only recently looked further into his subsequent career.

    Sadly, he lies in the Communal Cemetery at Aalst, Belgium with date of death given as 10th May 1940.



    The only reference that I've found to him in my book collection is in Blaxland (p.72) "In another raid here (Aalst) this day Colonel Perkins AQMG of II Corps became the first British Officer to be killed in Belgium in this particular war."

    There is little about him on-line although there is a Belgian memorial website with grave photos and interestingly, the graves are in the Belgian style with photographs.

    Aalst Communal Cemetery

    He seems to have died alongside an RASC Corporal and RASC Driver. There is also an RHA gunner from the same date.




    Does anyone have the diary WO167/150 for II Corps Adjutant & Quartermaster ? I assume that the diary is likely to mention the loss of the Commanding Officer.
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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Aeneas Francis Quinton Perkins
    Birth: Jul 1892 - Southill, Bedfordshire, England
    Death: 11 May 1940 - Canterbury, Kent, England (Slightly out on date but more so on place ho hum)
    Marriage: Jul 1915
    Spouse: Dorothy Clare Martin Tomson
    F: Arthur Ernest John Perkins
    M: Evelyn Minnie Louisa Foster

    Web: International, Find A Grave Index
    Name: Aeneas Francis Quinton Perkins
    Death Date: 10 May 1940
    Burial Place: Aalst, East Flanders (Oost-Vlaanderen), Belgium

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Aenea Perkins
    Given Initials: A F Q MC
    Rank: Colonel
    Death Date: 11 May 1940
    Number: 4814
    Birth Place: Bedford
    Residence: Canterbury
    Regiment at Enlistment: Royal Engineers
    Branch at Enlistment: Other Corps
    Theatre of War: France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40
    Regiment at Death: Staff (Colonels & above), except: RAMC, RAOC, REME & RAPC

    I was hoping the family tree might have more details but sadly not
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  3. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

    Casualty lists have the date of 11 May 1940. Newspaper obituaries report that Col Perkins "it is understood, was killed by a bomb".
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  4. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    Thanks for looking. There was an Aeneas Perkins killed in the Great War too, although he doesn't seem to have been close family. and the military line goes back further. I had expected to find more online. The CWGC date has been amended from 11th to 10th and certainly Gerald Blaxland (who was with an infantry battalion under 2 Corps) seems happy with the date.
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Aeneas John Martin Perkins
    BIRTH 29 OCT 1918 • Marylebone, London
    DEATH SEP 1996 • Shepway, Kent, England

    England, Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976
    Name: Æneas John Martin Perkins
    Father's name: Æneas F Q Perkins
    Spouse's name: Ursula Henrietta Pendlebury
    Marriage Date: 29 Sep 1943

    This seems to be your mans only child and I havent checked to see if they had children - the tree doesnt show any but thats not conclusive in any way

  6. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

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  7. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920
    Name: A F Q Perkins
    Regiment or Corps: Royal Engineers, 103rd Infantry Brigade

    UK, British Army Lists, 1882-1962
    Name: A. E. F. Q. Perkins
    Military Year: 1932
    Regiment: Royal Engineers
    Rank: Maj

    Name: 2e2. F. Q. Perkins
    Military Year: 1939
    Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    There might be more on the Fold3 record but I dont have access

  8. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Obituary Thanet Advertiser Friday 17th May 1940
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    Marriage of the son, Major A. Perkins R.E.
    The Sketch 6th October 1943

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  9. timuk

    timuk Well-Known Member

    Major Aeneas Charles Perkins died France 28 April 1915 was his uncle.

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  10. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    AEneas Charles Perkins
    BIRTH 25 MAR 1873 • Nynee Tal, Bengal, India
    DEATH 28 APR 1915 • No 2 Casualty Clearing Station, Expeditionary Force - Bailleul, France - died of wounds

    AEneas Charles Perkins
    Birth: 25 Mar 1873 - West Bengal, India
    Death: 28 Apr 1915 - Bailleul, Orne, Basse-Normandie, France
    Marriage: 1903 - Hanover, Jamaica
    Spouse: Mary Hepworth
    F: AEneas Perkins
    M: Janette Wilhelmina Cathrey

    England, Andrews Newspaper Index Cards, 1790-1976
    Name: Æneas Charles Perkins
    Death Date: 28 Apr 1915
    Death Place: Bailleul

    Died 28/04/1915
    Aged 43
    40th Pathans
    Son of the late Gen. Sir Aeneas Perkins, K.C.B., R.E., and Lady Perkins; husband of Mary Perkins, of 6, Glendowe Place, South Kensington, London.

    A military family by the looks of it


    Major Aeneas Charles Perkins
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  11. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot Patron 1940 Obsessive

    Not got the diary Rich.
  12. Steve Mac

    Steve Mac Very Senior Member

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