Joseph Edward Leonard Perkins

Joseph Edward Leonard Perkins 1889-1948

Born: 16 Jan 1889 270 Albert Rd., Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey
Died: 12 Nov 1948 Ashford County Hospital, Staines Middsx
Father:Joseph Perkins
Mother:Sarah Pearce
Partner:Daisie Violet Benham
Children:Ronald Leonard Perkins, Leslie E. Perkins, Audrey Perkins
Buried: 18 Nov 1948 Englefield Green Cemetery, Egham, Surrey
Updated: 11 Jan 1997


Born 16 Jan 1889, Died 12 Nov 1948, known as Len. Len trained as a nurseryman. He specialised in growing apricots. He was sent to ‘sort out’ Charlton,where he met Daisie, who worked there as a parlourmaid .

He was badly wounded in the arm in World War I and repatriated to The Royal Infirmary in Newcastle where he spent 18 months recuperating. Daisie was kept awake by the noise of the building of the Tyne Bridge. Len was then moved to the Royal Sea Bathing Hospital at Margate.

After the War he joined The Staines Linoleum Co. At first they lived in rooms in Pooley Green Road. They then moved to a company cottage at 27 Hale Street, Staines. Len became Chief Timekeeper at the company. Len was on the Egham Football Club committee.

Len and Daisie enjoyed playing tennis at the Linoleum Company Sports field. Len was 'heavy-handed' and had a short-fused temper. He frequently applied a quick smack to impose discipline. If the kids did not finish their meals, they did not get a sweet.

Extract from 'The Herald and News', November 19, 1948 -

"The sudden death in Ashford County Hospital on Friday of Mr. Joseph Edward Leonard Perkins, of 27 Hale street, Staines, came as a great shock to his many friends, particularly to his colleagues in the Linoleum Manufacturing Co's works, where he had been employed since 1918. Mr. Perkins was aged 59, and had entered hospital to undergo an operation. He had made a good recovery and would have been leaving the hospital within a few days. Born at Englefield Green, he attended the local school and, in due course, became a gardner. In the first World war he served in the Royal Fusiliers and was wounded at Delville Wood. It was in October, 1918, that he entered the employ of the Linoleum Co. and for many years was a timekeeper and latterly was main gatekeeper.

He entered wholeheartedly into all social activities connected with the works and upon the retirement of the late Mr. wm. Bisset became hon. secretary of the Works Social Club. He was also a foundation member of the Linoleum Employees Mutual Aid Society and for many years, right up to the time of his death, held office as hon. treasurer. He was also secretary of the Works Christmas Loan Club for many years and was a member of the Works' Fire Brigade. Most works' activities had his interest and no one could have enjoyed greater popularity. He leaves a widow, two sons and a daughter.

The funeral took place yesterday (Thursday), a service in St. Jude's Church, Englefield Green, preceding the interment in the cemetery. The Rev. H.J.Vallins officiated and the funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs. F.Smith & Son."

These notes were first put to-gether from conversations with Ronald Leonard Perkins over Christmas 1992. Buried Grave No. 42, Plot 27 - Englefield Green Cemetery)

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