William Taylor PERKINS

Year of Birth:  1894

Place of Birth:  Toowoomba, Queensland

Date of Enlistment:  17 September 1914

Date and Place of Embarkation:  22 December 1914, Melbourne, Victoria

Ship:  HMAT Ceramic A40

Rank:  Private

Unit(s):  15th Australian Infantry Battalion

Regimental Number:  183

Died:  30 April 1915 – Gallipoli



Pte William Taylor Perkins – photo courtesy John Oxley Library, SLQ


William Taylor Perkins was born 1894 in Queensland to Charles Edwin Perkins and his wife Gabrielle Louisa Frances Marie de Robaulx. He was the second of five children, two boys and three girls. Gladys Louise 1893, then William 1894, Charles De Robaulx 1896, Lorna Dorothy 1896 and Beryl 1898. His brother Charles did not survive infancy.  His father died in 1904 and his mother remarried to Harry Arthur Walker in 1908.

William enlisted as a Private, Reg. No 1385,  in the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force to New Guinea which was mobilized by war service in August 1914 and embarked Cairns on 6 August for Thursday Island War Station Garrison Duty. He enlisted on 14 August for service outside Australia. He re-embarked at Thursday Island on 16 August on the Troopship “Kanowna” to take part in the capture of German New Guinea.  He was taken on strength of the A.N. & M.E.F. on 6 September 1914. The ship returned to Townsville on 18 September on account on the trouble caused by the firemen on the troop ship and did not participate in the capture of German New Guinea. He was discharged on 18 September 1914.

He then enlisted in the 15 Infantry Battalion at Enoggera. He was 19 years 11 months of age, occupation a Clerk and next of kin was his mother Mrs. H A Walker, Royal Hotel, Toowoomba. His height was 5 feet 11 inches, weighed 150 pounds with a medium complexion, brown eyes and light brown hair.  He was Church of England. He embarked from Melbourne on 22 December 1914 aboard HMAT Ceramic.

He joined the Expeditionary Force on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 12 April 1915 and was killed in action in Turkey, Marmara, Gallipoli Peninsula on 30 April 1915 and was originally buried in the Popes Hill Cemetery at Gallipoli, but his grave was moved to Quinn’s Post Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey, after the war.


NAA B2455, letter from his mother



NAA B2455 – transferring of his grave location


HMAT Ceramic A40 – photo courtesy Australian War Memorial



Online Resources

Queensland Birth Death & Marriage Index

NAA: B2455, Perkins, William Taylor, National Archives of Australia

Australian War Memorial

Photograph W T Perkins, State Library of Qld

Photograph HMAT Ceramic, Australian War Memorial

Cairns Post 4 June 1915

Trove Digitised Newspapers, National Library of Australia


Other Resources

The First Expeditionary Force: the Thursday Island Expedition: a collection of reference documents. Denis Bird, 2015 [CDFHS Library]


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