Other names: Frederick James
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetAxbridge, SomersetShepton Mallet, SomersetAlvediston, WiltshireFrance & FlandersSouchez, Pas de Calais, FranceNewport, Monmouthshire, South Wales
Story: Frederick James Perry (sometimes known as James) was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, in 1876 and baptised at St. James' Church, Shaftesbury, on 16th December 1876, the son of Thomas Perry and Cordelia Perry (née Davis). Frederick spent his early life in Shaftesbury until moving to Shepton Mallet, Somerset, just prior to 1896 in which year he married Beatrice Annie Tinkler at Axbridge, Somerset. They went on to have five children. By 1911 the family had moved to Alvediston, Wiltshire. They later moved to Newport, Monmouthshire, South Wales. Frederick enlisted at Newport and joined the 1st Battalion of the South Wales Borderers as a Private (Service No. 13219). He served in France and Flanders where he was killed in action on 9th May 1915. He was buried at the Caberet-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France (Grave ref XXVII.A.3). He was awarded the 1914/1915 Star as well as the Victory and British War medals. A memorial plaque in Holy Trinity Church, Newport includes the name Frederick James Perry.