Interesting coincidence links Leamington man to authors’ war book

Colin Perkin and Andrew Hamilton.
Colin Perkin and Andrew Hamilton.
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Authors Andrew Hamilton and Alan Reed experienced an interesting coincidence recently concerning one of the individuals they featured in their book about the catastrophic first day of the battle of the Somme.

While carrying out research for their recently published book Where are the Boys, Andrew, of Walton near Wellesbourne, and Alan, who is a historian from Warwick, discovered an extraordinary memorial album in the York and Lancaster Regimental Museum in Rotherham compiled by Emil Perkin about the short life of his 22-year-old son Kenneth who was killed during the 12/ York and Lancasters’ attack on July 1 1916.

Following an article in a national newspaper about their chapter on Perkin, they were amazed to be contacted by Kenneth’s great nephew Colin Perkin who lives in Leamington.

He had donated the heart-rendingly sad album to the archives in Rotherham a few years ago and had never given it another thought so was delighted to find that it had been used to emphasise the horrific tragedies of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 100 years after his great uncle’s death.