Anzac Day 2015

Today we had the privilege of participating in the Anzac Day 2015 march at Balmain, NSW. The Balmain march represented places within the Leichhardt City Council.

Our purpose for attending Anzac Day 2015 at Balmain was to represent the Perkins family from Leichhardt, in particular remembering Edward Claude Perkins, 4503 17th Battalion, 11th reinforcements and his sacrifice.

Claude as he was known, is my great-grandmothers brother, my great-uncle.

Claude is recognised as one of Australia’s boy soldiers of the First World war, enlisting at the age of 15.

I had the opportunity to march in the group representing descendants while Annette my wife and our two eldest daughters looked on as supporters.

Considering Sydney had widespread storms in the days leading up to Anzac Day, the day awoke to blue skies and light fluffy clouds, providing the perfect backdrop for the march and service.

I was surprised how many people turned up to support and march in the parade being led by the Malaysian SIKH Pipe Band. I met many people who were there for the same reasons as me.

After the ceremony, we had some breakfast and headed out to visit Leichhardt Pioneer’s Memorial Park to lay a wreath to remember Claude and all the boys and men who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

We then gave the girls a tour of the key points of family history around Leichhardt.

After Leichhardt we visited Rookwood Cemetery to visit the grave site of Claude’s parents and the inscription placed on their headstones remembering Claude.




Image of Rookwood Cemetery memorial for EC Perkins

Everyone has a treasure trove of family memories tucked away somewhere. It may be a card, a photograph, or even a thought. Some memories bring back a time, a place or a person. Some people have good stuff to remember, others choose or try to forget things in their past for whatever reason. This story […]

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Why this site

There are several reasons for creating this website: It allows relatives from the Perkins family to understand what happened to Edward Claude Perkins during the First World War and allows readers to remember his story, It helps readers researching the First World War be more informed about 

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About this site

Image of Rookwood Cemetery memorial for EC Perkins

This site is about Edward Claude Perkins. Claude, as he was known to his family, is recognised as one of the Boy Soldiers on the Roll of Honour at the Australian War Memorial. Claude joined the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) as a 16 year-old to serve in France in the First World War. This site […]

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My World War 1 Pinterest Board

Image of Chris Mundy's Pinterest Gallery on the First World War

Here are some pictures of my World War 1 Pinterest Board. I’ve been using my World War 1 Pinterest Board for some time putting together images from World War 1 that are relevant to the period and time for this site It’s a mixture of photographs, videos, posters and signage. It’s interesting to note […]

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