Fred Perrett, Hull FC
SECOND LIEUTENANT, FREDERICK LEONARD PERRETT, 17TH WELSH FUSILERS. AN OUTSTANDING WELSH INTERNATIONAL, RUGBY PROP FORWARD, WHO ALSO PLAYED RUGBY LEAGUE FOR HULL FC. FRED WAS BORN IN NEATH, ON THE 9TH MAY 1891. HE LIVED WITH HIS WIFE NORA GLADYS PERRETT, AT 118 ST GEORGES ROAD, HULL, NOT FAR FROM THE RUGBY GROUND. AT THE OUTBREAK OF WAR, HE ENLISTED IN THE WELSH GUARDS AND SERVED IN FRANCE FROM THE THE 19TH FEBRUARY 1916. HE WAS COMMISSIONED AS A SECOND LIEUTENANT AND TRANSFERRED TO THE 17TH ROYAL WELSH FUSILIER'S BATTALION. HE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED AND DIED OF WOUNDS AT THE BOULONGE HOSPITAL, ON THE 1ST DECEMBER 1918, AGED 27. FRED PERRETT WON FIVE CAPS FOR WALES AND WAS ONE OF 13 WELSH INTERNATIONAL RUGBY PLAYERS WHO DIED IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR.
12th East Yorkshire Regiment (Hull Sportsmen)
The 12th EYR Battalion was a 'Pals Battalion', formed on the 11th August 1914, by Lord Nunburnholme and the East Riding Territorial Force. It specifically recruited local sportsmen, with the intention that the camaraderie engenered by sports, would prove an effective fighting force. In December 1915, it sailed for Alexandria in Egypt to defend the Suez Canal. In March 1916, it transferred to France and operated in the front line trenches, opposite the village of Serre. After suffering heavy losses at the Battles of the Somme in 1916 and at Arras in 1917, the Hull Sportsman's Battalion was disbanded in France on the 8th February 1918. During the course of the war, the 12th EYR, lost 366 men, with 138 of them killed on one day, at the Battle of Ancre, on the 13th November 1916. Jack Cunningham won Hull's first Victoria Cross, with the 12th Sportsman Battalion on this day. In all the 12th East Yorkshire's recieved a number of awards for bravery. This included 1 Distinguished Service Order, 9 Military Crosses, 16 Military Medals and 8 Distinguished Conduct Medals. Eight servicemen with the 12th were also mentioned in Dispatches.