Photographs and extra information courtesy of Sherry.


Born STANLEY IRON – adopted by the PERKINS family.


Born: 29th May 1921, 74, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire.

Died: 17th December 1940; age: 19; MPK.

Residence: 6, Adelphi Place, Ipswich.

Occupation: Wire Worker.

Enlistment Location: Portsmouth; Date: 6th June 1939.



H.M.S. Windsor – Ordinary Seaman – 6th June 1939 – 5th May 1940

H.M.S. Windsor – Able Seaman 6th May 1940 – 6th September 1940

H.M.S. Excellent – Able Seaman – 7th September 1940 – 29th November 1940

H.M.S. Acheron – Able Seaman – 30th November 1940 – 17th December 1940

Character – Very Good.


Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: P/SSX 30350.

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Acheron.’


Memorial Reference:


Portsmouth Naval Memorial,



Birth Mother: Alice Iron.


Adopted son of:

Father: Henry (Harry) Perkins, born January 1873, Swaffham, Norfolk, a painter and decorator.

Mother: Mary Jane Perkins (nee James), born March 1871, Goldsithney, Cornwall.


Stanley was an Ordinary Seaman – H.M.S. St. Vincent, he was living with his parents and brothers at their family home – 6, Adelphi Place, Ipswich.

Harry, a retired House Painter.

Mary Jane, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Edward Abraham Perkins, a General Labourer, born February 1912, Ipswich.

Harry & Mary Jane’s adopted son – Ronald Bernard Pashler Perkins, born October 1922, Peterborough, Northamptonshire.



H.M.S. Acheron struck a mine believed to have been dropped by an enemy aircraft during refit and sea trials off the Isle of Wight. Major structural damage forward. Sinking rapidly within four minutes. 167 crew, 25 dockyard workers killed with 19 survivors.



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