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ARTHUR FREDERICK PERREY

Corporal 5/9845

Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own) 3rd Battalion

Killed In Action 08/11/1918

Age 28

CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, FONTAINE-AU-BOIS, II,C,22

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Son of Mrs. Eliza Jane Perrey, of 11, Alpha Rd, Chingford, Essex.

Born: Chingford
Residence: Chingford
Enlsited: Stratford, Essex

Photos courtesy of Lauren Thomson. You can view Lauren`s family tree here

Arthur Frederick Perrey

Arthur`s Memorial Card

There is some confusion as to Arthur`s correct service number as we have found at least 3 variants to it however all other details on him tally up and a correction had been made on his medal index card to show that his surname was PERREY

Andy has kindly found an extract from the battalions war diary for the dates up to and including the date that Arthur was killed.

On 28/10/18 we marched to new billets in Cagnoncles and later, to St. Aubert where training was again carried out. On 3/11/18 we moved to Bermerain - the Brigade being in Divisional Reserve. On 4/11/18 we moved to a position outside Jenlain and were in reserve to the 1st Royal Fusiliers and 8th Queen`s.

On 5/11/18 we went into billets in the neighbourhood of Le Bois Crette as the leading battalions (1st R.F. and 8th Queen`s) were held up at St. Waast. During the next thirty-six hours it rained heavily and we were lucky enough to get all the men undercover.

Several orders were received for the Battalion to move forward, but were cancelled before we got off.. About 14.00hrs on 6/11/18 verbal orders were received for the Battalion to move to Bermeries and to attack St. Waast from the south.

This was also cancelled and at 16.00hrs orders were received we would attack the high ground north-east of St. Waast at dawn the following morning. Immediately the Commanding Officer and Company commanders went up to reconnoitre the ground, but owing to the rain and dusk coming on rapidly, nothing could be seen.

The enemy was shelling the road leading from where the Battalion was situated to St. Waast very heavily and was also searching for guns.. At 06.00hrs on 7/11/18 the Battalion carried out the attack on St. Waast with a very heavy artillery barrage an by 09.00hrs the final objective had been reached with only one casualty. No enemy were encountered. The 72nd Infantry Brigade continued the advance and the Battalion went into billets about 14.00hrs at Bavai-Louvignies station.

On the following day November 8th we went into the town of Bavai and billeted there,  where one other rank was unfortunately killed.

This last paragraph from the Regimental History must refer to Arthur.

3 days later the armistice was signed and so ended the fighting...



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