Perrott DSO OBE MC, Robert Dermot Barnes (No. 10220)

Perrott, Robert Dermot Barnes

Distinguished Service Order

Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE)

Military Cross


No. 10220, Royal Engineers attached X Corps HQ

Died in service on Monday 29 June 1942 (aged 46)


El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt (Grave XXIII. C. 24)


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Family grave headstone in Redburn Cemetery, Holywood


Brigadier Robert Dermot Barnes Perrott is commemorated on the family grave headstone in Redburn Cemetery, Holywood.

Robert Dermot Barnes Perrott was born on 13 January 1896 in St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, Dublin, and he was the elder son of William George Perrott and Margaret Alexandra Perrott (nee McCowen) who were married on 21 September 1892 in Barrow House, Tralee by Special Licence according to the rites and ceremonies of the Methodist Church.  William George Perrott, who was born in Cork, a civil engineer from 2 Marine Terrace, Clontarf, was a son of Richard Perrott, a merchant.  Margaret Alexandra McCowen, who was born in Tralee, Co. Kerry, a spinster from Barrow, was a daughter of Robert McCowen, a merchant.

William George Perrott and Margaret Alexandra Perrott (nee McCowan) had two children:

Robert Dermot Barnes (born 13 January 1896 in St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, Dublin)

Richard Oswald Barnes (born 6 March 1898 in St Lawrence Road, Clontarf, Dublin)

On the war memorial plaque in St. Philip and St. James Church of Ireland Church, Blackrock, Dublin it is recorded that father and both sons served during the First World War.

Margaret Alexandra Perrott died in 1948 and William George Perrott died in 1950.

During the First World War Robert Dermot Barnes Perrott served with the Royal Engineers in France, Belgium, and Italy.  In 1915 he was a Second Lieutenant; in 1916 he was a Lieutenant and was wounded three times.  He was Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Military Cross for gallantry.  He was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1918, Major in 1930, Lieutenant Colonel in 1938, Colonel in 1941 and Brigadier in 1941.  Between the two world wars he served in Afghanistan, the Northwest Frontier, Waziristan, and Palestine.  In 1937 he was awarded the OBE and in 1940 he was awarded the DSO.  During the Second World War he served with the Royal Engineers.

Robert Dermot Barnes Perrott was the husband of Gabrielle Frances Perrott (nee Webb) who was born on 11 September 1895 in Blackrock, Dublin and they lived at 6 West Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex.  They were married on 6 October 1922 in St. Thomas’s Cathedral, Bombay, India, and they had three children:

William (born 1926)

Helen (born 1928)

Michael (born 1933)

The family address at the time of Brigadier Perrott’s death on 29 June 1942 was The Anchorage, Cado Hill, Gillingham, Kent.  He was 46 when he died, his effects amounted to some £7,963 and probate was granted to Lloyds Bank Ltd.

His brother, Richard Oswald Barnes Perrott, also served during the Second World War and in March 1955 it was reported in the Press that 57-year-old Retired British Army Colonel Richard Oswald Barnes Perrott, who had been kidnapped on 6 February, had been released on 3 March after friends paid a ransom of 25,000 kyats to the Burmese bandits who had snatched him while he was duck shooting some 42 miles north of Rangoon.

Brigadier Robert Dermot Barnes Perrott’s wife, Gabrielle Frances Perrott, died on 16 May 1984 (aged 88).  She was buried in Redburn Cemetery, Holywood and Brigadier Robert Dermot Barnes Perrott is commemorated on the headstone.  There is an inscription on his CWGC headstone in El Alamein War Cemetery: