WHICH BROTHER?/PERKINS OR PARKINS?
William Parkins, the fishmonger of Westwick Row, had 8 children: two daughters and 6 sons. The younger four children: Frederick (born 1894),Cecil (born 1897), Walter, (born 1898) & Henry, (born 1903), were from his second marriage to Lydia Ashwell. His elder sons, William (born 1884), & Thomas (born 1886) were from him first marriage to Ellen Winch,along with Annie & Ellen.
Many of the family photos were unmarked, and it has not always been easy to sort out which brother is which as they are all very much alike. To add to the complication of identification, another local family was called Perkins (they ran the Three Horseshoes)
William Parkins the elder died on November 3rd, 1916. His eldest son, also William (see below), died on 23rd December 1916, and four of his sons were known to be serving with the colours,(assuming the Gazette got that right!) and I beleive three to have been Cecil, Walter & Thomas. Harry was too young to have been in the forces. As the early photos seem to show Fred,
William's daughter Annie married Jim Jordon in January 1918 (see photo below). Fred, was the only adult brother NOT in uniform or not in the picture because they were overseas.
In the Gazette for 5th January 1918 were reports of other members of the Leverstock Green community either on leave discharged.
"2nd Lieutenant Wright, R.F.C., whose father is an undertaker and wheelwright at Leverstock Green, was recently home on two days leave. Leverstock Green was also glad to welcome home on leave during Christmas the following: Rifleman C.A. Ingham, Queens Westminster Rifles; Private T. Charles, who has served for thirteen months; and Percy Dell, wounded while fighting in France. --Private F. Perkins has got his discharge on account of a wound received whilst fighting at Vimy Ridge.-- Rifleman C.A. Ingham came home unexpectedly on Christmas Day. Joining the Q.W.R.'s whilst they were stationed at Leverstock Green, he has seen over two years service in France. Curiously enough he was also fortunately able to get leave about this time of year.
From the evidence of the wedding photo showing Fred in civvies, it seems likley that it was Fred Parkins, not Fred Perkins who was discharged from the forces.