Burial of First World War soldier brings mystery to a close

The remains of a First World War soldier, found more than a century after his death, have been identified and afforded a dignified burial.

Lance Corporal Frederick Thomas Perkins, from Chelmsford in Essex, was buried on 7 November 2019, over 100 years after his death in the First World War. 

His remains were found in January 2018 by workmen clearing unexploded ordnance from a building site near Lens.

L/Cpl Perkins, who had been commemorated on the CWGC’s Loos Memorial in France, was buried with full military honours at the CWGC’s Loos British Cemetery at a service organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre.

Among the attendees was L/Cpl Perkins’ granddaughter, Linda Cook, who chose the following personal inscription for his headstone:

Some of James & Elizabeth

Husband of Florance Annie

Father of Phillip Jethro

Greater Love hath no man