[MICROFICHE COPY ONLY] Colonel Alfred Thrale Perkins, CB, JP, was born 19 May 1843, the only son of Alfred Perkins of East Court, Wookey, JP, and Fanny, daughter of T A Shuter. He married in 1866 Mary Frances (d 1922), daughter of Major General A V Falls, and had four children, including Major Alfred Thrale Perkins (1869-1935). He was educated at Rugby and joined the 21st Royal Scots Fusiliers in 1862. He served in the South African War, 1899-1902, and commanded the 3rd battalion the Welsh Regiment. He was for long Master of the Wells Harriers and was a distinguished freemason. He was a Justice of the Peace for Somerset from 1874 and chairman of Wookey parish council. [See Who Was Who 1929-1940 and Somerset: Historical, Descriptive, Biographical (Mate's County Series, 1908).] The diaries were evidently regarded as family rather than private diaries, and in later volumes especially entries in other hands appear. The diaries provide a frequently detailed record of family and local events, and refer also to national events. The originals of items 1-8 are deposited at Wells Museum. The originals of items 9-13 are in private hands. Commisions and other documents relating to Colonel Alfred Thrale Perkins are deposited in the Welsh Regiment Museum, Cardiff Castle.