Private Harry Perks

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Harry Perks was born in 1891 in Blairgowrie & Rattray, Perth, Scotland. His mother is stated to be Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Perks. She was about fifteen years old. At the time of the birth they both resided in Scotland. It seems that Harry was looked after by his maternal grandparents: according to the UK, Army Registers of Soldiers’ Effects, 1901-1921, Harry considered his grandfather Frederick Perks to be his father and aunts and uncles his sisters and brothers.

Harry’s maternal grandfather Frederick Perks was born about 1851 in Wellsbourne, Warwickshire.

Harry’s maternal grandmother Hannah/Anne Perks nee Bell was born about 1845 in Harston, Leicestershire.

Frederick Perks married Hannah/Anne Bell on the 20th of November 1874 in Blairgowrie, Perth, Scotland.

Harry’s mother Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Perks was born about 1876 in Perthshire, Scotland.

Harry’s mother Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Perks had four known siblings: Frances Mary (Fanny) Perks born about 1879 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland; Frederick W. Perks born about 1881 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland; Jane/Jeannie M. (also spelled as Jeanie, Jennie and Janie) Perks born about 1883 in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland and Maud Ethel Perks born about 1885 in Warwickshire. Maud Ethel Perks died in the 1st quarter of 1886 in the Registration District of Rugby, Warwickshire.

At the time of the 1881, the family lived as lodgers of tailor Thomas Mercer at 32 Church Street in Rugby, Warwickshire. Frederick Perks was working as a stud groom and his wife Hannah/Anne Perks was looking after their children: Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Perks, Frances Mary (Fanny) Perks and Frederick W. Perks.

At the time of the 1891 Census, the family lived at 71 James Street, Rugby, Warwickshire. Frederick Perks was working as a groom and Hannah/Anne Perks was looking after their children: Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Perks, Frances Mary (Fanny) Perks, Frederick W. Perks and Jane/Jeannie Perks.

Harry Perks was born in 1891 in Blairgowrie & Rattray, Perth, Scotland.

Harry’s mother Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Perks married by Banns Thomas Causebrook on the 15th of November 1897 in Rugby, Warwickshire. Annie is stated to be a spinster. One of the witnesses was Frances Mary (Fanny) Perks, Annie Elizabeth’s sister. At the time of the marriage, the couple lived in Spring Street, Rugby. Thomas Causebrook was born about 1874 in Slapton, Northamptonshire to [Robert] Causebrook. At the time of the marriage, Annie Elizabeth’s father Frederick Perks was working as a coachman.

Harry Perks had nine known half siblings: Thomas William Causebook born in the 3rd quarter of 1900 in Northampton, England; Frederick J. Causebrook born in the 3rd quarter of 1903 in Arley, Warwickshire; Joseph Harry Causebrook born in the 3rd quarter of 1905 in Dunchurch, Warwickshire; Arthur E. Causebrook born in the 4th quarter of 1907 in Howsham, Lincolnshire; Sidney Herbert Causebrook born in the 1st quarter of 1910 in Apley Head, Nottinghamshire; Ernest G. Causebrook born in the 4th quarter of 1911 in the Registration District of Southwell, Nottinghamshire; Robert S Causebrook born in the 1st quarter of 1914 in the Registration District of Doncaster, Yorkshire; Annie E. Causebrook born in the 1st quarter of 1916 in the Registration District of Rotherham, Yorkshire West Riding and Mabel P. Causebrook born in the 4th quarter of 1918 in the Registration District of Rotherham, Yorkshire West Riding.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Harry’s mother Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Causebrook lived with her husband, horse keeper on a farm, Thomas Causebrook and their baby son Thomas William Causebrook in Quinton, Northamptonshire.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Harry was living with his grandfather Frederick Perks at Coachman’s H. Craighall, Rattray, Perthshire, Scotland. Frederick was working as a coachman and was for many years in the service of James Clerk Rattray of Craighall castle. Harry is stated to be his grandson. In the household also lived another of Frederick’s grandson Alexander [Blarsebrosk]. Alexander was born about 1897 in England.

At the time of the 1901 Census, Harry’s aunt Frances Mary (Fanny) Perks was a nurse to land steward George Rufus Beale’s family of Manager’s House, Blairgowrie, Perthshire in Scotland.

Harry’s aunt Jane/Jeannie M. Perks emmigrated to the USA. She married Bernard Bidmead on the 11th of January 1909 in Fergus, Montana.

At the time of the 1911 Census, Harry’s mother Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Causebrook lived with Thomas Causebrook and their children at 27 Apley Head Cottages, Worksop in East Redford. Thomas was working as a shepherd on a farm and Annie Elizabeth was looking after their children: Thomas William; Frederick James; Joseph Harry; Arthur E. and Sidney Herbert. The family also comprised of a boarder, farm labourer William Greensmith. The accommodation had six rooms. Annie Elizabeth stated, that she had given birth to six children of whom one died.

Harry Perks enlisted in Perth, Scotland and became part of the 6th (Perthshire) Battalion (Territorial) the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). He was a private with a regimental number 1815. He disembarked on the 2nd of May 1915 to France. Prior to mobilisation, Harry was employed at Faskally Gardens, Pitlochry, where he also lived. He was part of the Territorial Army.

Harry Perks died in an action on the 30th of July 1916 during the attack on High Wood in France.

Harry Perks War Diary © Ancestry.co.uk
Harry Perks War Diary © Ancestry.co.uk

At 6.10pm on the 30th of July 1916 the 6th Battalion Black Watch attacked enemy lines running South East from High Wood during the battle of Somme. Casualties were fierce: 3 officers killed, 5 wounded, 2 missing and of other ranks about 250 soldiers were killed, wounded and missing.

It was later established, that during this attack, Pitlochry section of Perthshire suffered 2 deaths, 3 men missing and 5 wounded.

Harry Perks was buried at the Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval in France. His grave reference number is: XIV.F.10. The headstone erected by his aunt Frances Mary (Fanny) Bruford of Laundry Cottage, Mickleham, Dorking bears the inscription: “Thy Will Be Done”.

Harry Perks Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
Harry Perks Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

Harry’s grandfather Frederick Perks received £2, 16s, 2d on the 21st of November 1916 and £6 and 15s on the 14th of October 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Harry’s aunt Jane/Jeannie M. Bidmead nee Perks received 9s and 4d on the 21st of November 1916 in Soldier’s Effects.

Harry’s mother Annie Elizabeth (Anne) Causebrook nee Perks received £1, 2s and 6d on the 9th of March 1920 in Soldier’s Effects.

Harry’s uncle Frederick W. Perks received 9s and 4d and further £1, 2s and 6d on the 31st of August 1920 in Soldier’s Effects.

Harry was awarded the British War and Victory medals and the 1915 Star.

According to the Surrey, England, Electoral Registers, 1832-1945, Harry’s aunt Frances Mary (Fanny) Perks and grandfather Frederick Perks were living in 1918 at Old Dene Cottages, in Westhumble, Dorking, Surrey.

Frances Mary (Fanny) Perks married on the 18th of July 1918 William Edward Bruford at St Michael’s church in Mickleham, Surrey. At the time of the marriage, the groom was part of the Royal Army Medical Corps and lived in Mickleham. He was the son of gardener Charles Bruford. Frances Mary Perks was living in Westhumble and her father Frederick Perks was working as a gardener.

Harry’s grandfather Frederick Perks of Laundry Cottage, Mickleham Downs near Dorking died on the 14th of September 1923. He left to his daughter Frances Mary (Fanny) Bruford £149, 5s and 4d in probate.

Frances Mary (Fanny) Bruford of 3 The Bungalows, Norbury Park, Mickleham, Dorking, Surrey died on the 25th of March 1955 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, EC2. She left to motor fitter Charles Frederick Bruford £238, 17s and 6d in probate.

Jane/Jeannie M. Bidmead nee Perks died in 1966 in Lewistown, Fergus County, Montana, USA.

Born                            Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Lived                            Perth, Perthshire

Brother of                    Mrs. Frances M. Bruford, Laundry Cottage, Mickleham Downs

Regiment                     6th Battalion Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
Number                        1815

Date of Death              30th July 1916
Place of Death             High Wood. France
Cause of Death            Killed in Action

Age                              24

Cemetery                      Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, France