One of twenty children born to William John and Agnes Ann in 1883, Henry didn’t get to know six or seven of his older siblings. They had already departed for the next world. The lost ones were replaced and in 1891 there were six Perryman children at home in North Street, Filey. Edward, 16, was the eldest and Henry, 7, the youngest. An older sister, Agnes, had died the previous year aged 20. Mary and Albert had not reached their first birthdays when they passed over in 1885 and 1887.
Henry married a shepherd’s daughter in 1911. Mary Ellen PATTISON, raised at the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, brought her first two children into the world in Nottingham, where Henry had found work as a fireman.
Shortly after war was declared in August 1914, Henry enlisted with the Sherwood Foresters (The Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). In the late summer of 1915 he was with the 1/7th Battalion in the area around Hooge and would become one of 50,000 British casualties in the Battle of Loos, fought between 25 September and 16 October. Wounded in combat, he died on 5 October.
The memorial in Filey St Oswald’s gives him the rank of Corporal but his headstone in Vermelles Britsh Cemetery, and most official sources, show him as a Private (Service Number: 2285). He is also remembered at the Filey Memorial in Murray Street. His adoptive city, Nottingham, is more fulsome in its remembrance than the town of his birth. His name appears on the Nottingham Police Force Memorial and on a memorial board saved from the demolished Holy Trinity Church. Nottinghamshire County Council’s Roll of Honour website also generously offers a Personal Profile of Henry compiled by Jim Grundy.
I have put Henry and sixteen of his siblings on the FamilySearch Shared Tree. An older brother, Frank, has a baptism record but I have yet to find sources for his birth and death. Children 19 and 20 remain a mystery.