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Alexander and Charles Perry

Alexander and Charles Perry were brothers.

Alexander Percival Perry

Corporal A/203058 2nd Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps
Died 9 September 1916 aged 23
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church

Alexander Perry was born in Ash and baptised at St Mary’s Church 14 June 1893, and his father was Thomas Perry, a labourer.

The 1901 census records that Alec was 7 years old and lived in Ash Vale with his mother Sarah, a widow and a laundress, and his brother Charles Perry aged 18, who was a labourer at the balloon factory. Mrs Perry's occupation, listed in Kelly's Directory of Surrey, was a shirt and collar dresser. The 1911 census records that Alec was a “dyer’s finisher” living in Yorkshire.

Soldiers Died records that Alec enlisted at St Pancras and that he had formerly been S/15298. A form was completed for the Ash War Memorial committee said that he had served for 8 months. The Surrey and Hants News 28 September 1916 reported that Alec had gone to France 15 July, and that on the day he had died, the family cat, to which he was very attached, had suddenly expired.

Mrs Sarah Perry is recorded as living in 4 Argrave Villas, Vale Road, Ash Vale in the 1918 electoral register.

Charles William Perry

Private 7398 2nd Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment (Transport Section)
Died 30 October 1916, aged 33
Remembered on Ash War Memorial
Buried in Citadel New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme
Remembered on the Memorial to the Men of Ash Vale in St Mary’s Church

Charles Perry was born in Croydon, the son of Thomas and Sarah.

The 1911 census records that he was living with his mother at 1 Argrave Villas, and was a bricklayer’s labourer.

Soldier’s Died records that Charles enlisted at Woking. A form completed for the Ash War Memorial committee tells us that Charles had served for 2 years and 2 months and was an Old Contemptible. He was killed by the collapse of his dugout. Charles’s medals card records that he went to France 13 August 1914 and was awarded the 1914 Star.

Charles Perry was listed in the Roll of Honour in the Surrey Times of 25 November 1916 and 16 December 1916. The Surrey and Hants News 23 November 1916 reported that he had been accidentally killed. He had been expected home on leave soon, to be married to Miss Weller of Brading who was staying in Ash, and all the preparations had been made. It was only seven weeks since the same newspaper had recorded the death of his brother.

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