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Service Personnel Information 1939–1945

Address on Enrollment:Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada
Birthplace:Campbell River, British Columbia
Date of Birth: 31 Dec 1924
Next of Kin:John Perkins (father) and Emily Effie Perkins (mother)
Racial Origin: English
Marital Status: Single
Trade or Calling: Farmer
Previous Service in a Military Force:No
Date of Enlistment: 2 May 1944
City and Province of Enlistment:Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Military Service Record 1939–1945

Force: Army
Unit:Calgary Highlanders, R.C.I.C.
Rank: Private
Service Number: K/2349
Posted Overseas: 11 August 1944
Honours and Awards:1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp (Canadian Volunteer Service Medal
  Mount Perkins in Clendenning Range of the Pacific Ranges of the Coast Mountains is named for him.
Date of Death: 1 November 1944
Age (at death): 19
Country of Burial:Holland
Cemetery: Bergen-op-Zoom Military Cemetery
Grave Reference: 12. A. 6.
Location:4 miles N.E. of Bergen-op-Zoom, Noord-Brabant Province, Netherlands
Book of Remembrance: Robert Ernest Perkins' name can be found on page 415 of the 1944
Second World War Book of Remembrance

His Story

Robert Ernest Perkins was born on December 31, 1924 at Campbell River, BC. He was the son of Mr. John Perkins, Soldier, Kelsey Bay, Vancouver Island and Emily Effie Perkins of Campbell River BC. He had three brothers and one sister - Thomas James Perkins; Walter John Perkins; William George Perkins; and Sister Mrs. Dorothy Emily Goodwin, all of Campbell River.

Robert enlisted in the Infantry on February 1, 1944 at Vancouver, BC as a general reinforcement shortly after his 19th birthday, Regimental No. K-2349. His civilian occupation was farmer, self-employed. Following military training at the 16 Canadian Infantry Training Centre, Calgary he disembarked in England on August 5, 1944; proceeded to Northwest Europe on August 30th ; and was posted to the Calgary Highlanders on August 31st.

On October 31st , in fierce fighting during the Battle of the Scheldt, the 3rd Canadian Infantry Division made the final push to secure Walcheren Island, which remained as the one great obstacle to the use of the port of Antwerp, Belgium. While serving as one of the fresh reinforcements, Private Perkins was felled by a sniper’s bullet on November 1st after having been in action a little over a month.

Robert was initially buried at Lewedorp Cemetery, S. Beveland, Holland M.R. 234291 Row 3 Grave 1. His remains were reburied at Bergen-op-Zoom Military Cemetery 4 miles N.E. of Bergen-op-Zoom, Noord-Brabant Province, Netherlands, Grave 6, Row A, Plot 12. Honours and Awards: 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star; War Medal; CVSM & Clasp (Canadian Volunteer Service Medal)

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