Mr John Henry Perkin

John Henry Perkin, 22, was born at 17 Market Square, Holsworthy, Devon in 1889. He was the son of Willam Perkin (a butcher of that town who had first established his business there in 1873) and Elizabeth Perkin (ne Hooper). John was the youngest brother of Elizabeth, Mary Ann, Richard and William. On leaving school he worked with his father in Holsworthy and in 1912 was encouraged to emigrate to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada by his relative Lewis Richard Braund who had been farming there for a number of years. With the decision made to emigrate he subsequently travelled with Lewis, his brother Owen Harris Braund, and other relatives, Samuel and William Dennis (second cousins) and John Hall Lovell. Their journey to Southampton would have been by train from Holsworthy, it is likely their group accompanied Susan Webber of North Tamerton who was a family friend.

Boarding the Titanic at Southampton the group travelled in third class (except Susan Webber who was in second class). John's ticket was numbered 21174 and had cost 7 5s.

Perkin and his five companions all died in the sinking. His body if recovered, was never identified.

There is a memorial to John in the churchyard of the Methodist Church, Bodmin Street, Holsworthy, Devon. The gravestone inscription reads:

Steve Coombes, UK
William Hooper Perkin
died at Silvercrooks, October 6th 1916
aged 28 years
also of
John Henry Perkin
who was lost at sea
when the SS Titanic went down
in mid-Atlantic Ocean
April 14th 1912
aged 21 years
dearly loved sons of
William & Elizabeth Perkin
Peace, Perfect Peace.
'With loved ones far away in Jesus keeping we are safe and they.'

Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
Marriages, births, deaths and injuries that have occurred on board during the voyage (PRO London, BT 100/259-260)

Steve Coombes, UK
Chris Dohany, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK

Articles and Stories

Holsworthy, Devon - 1901 Census



A Postcard from Titanic



Gloom at Holsworthy

Unidentified Newspaper  (1912) 


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