Corps of Military Police

Cap Badge of the Corps of Military Police (King George V)
Soldier Details:
Surname: Perry
Initials:   W.
Rank:   Lance Corporal
Army No.:  P/2888
Notes:   MFP. Awarded the Victory and War Medals. 18/7/1909 Died. First served abroad (5) East Africa, 25/5/1916 to 9/7/1918. He was born in Fordham, enlisted in Colchester and resided in Copford. He enlisted age 22 years and resided in 8 Ash Green, Copford Essex. Served Home 14/12/1915 to 24/5/1916, East Africa 25/5/1916 to 9/7/1918. Formerly Civil Policeman. Letter of regret from Capt. J J Drought, Provost Marshal, East African Force, Dare-sallam. He sailed from Devonport 25/5/1916 on the H T Trafford Hall and arrived in Kilindi 3/7/1916. Died from Malaria and fever (due to field operations) in 19 Stationary Hospital Port Amelia, Portugese East Africa. Property returned to next of Kin: Identity disc, cigarette case,bundle of private correspondence, 3 diaries, 2 pipes, watch chain. Formerly PC 256 in Essex Constabulary which he joined 7/9/1914. Served Home 14/12/15 to 14/5/16, East African Exp Force 25/5/16 to 9/7/18. A letter in his army record from The Provost Marshal, East African Force to the Commandant, Military Police Corps Aldershot, dated 5th August 1918 stated. it is with great regret that I have to acquaint you of the death, at Port Amelia, of No. P. 2888, Lance Corporal Perry. W., Military Foot Police, on the 9th from Blackwater fever. I wish to place on record my appreciation of the good work performed by L/Cpl Perry during his two years of service in East Africa. He was always cheerful and willing to take his share of the hardships of tropical campaigning. On behalf of his comrades who are still serving in East Africa, by every one of whom he was highly esteemed, I wish to tender my condolences to his relatives and friends in England. lance Corporal Perry was, I believe , a civil policeman prior to joining the Army, and I shall be glad if you will inform the Chief Constable of the Police force in which he served, of my great regret at his death, and of the exceedingly valuable services willingly given by L/Cpl Perry in this campaign. Jas. J Drought, Capt. APM East African Force. His Mother received a pension of 6d. per day. Info from Army Register of Soldiers' Effects, 1901-1929. 10/12/1918 his father George received £15-09-05, and 30/12/1919 a further £11-10-00 war gratuity. Info from 2 x Pension Index Cards: Perry, Walter, No. 2888, Military Police, L/Cpl, dependant Mrs Caroline Perry, Eight Ash Green, Copford, Colchester Essex. Walter Perry.

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Date Killed: 9th July 1918
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