Photograph in a collection of photographs and service records maintained by Dr. Nathaniel Royal Perkins. During World I, Dr. Perkins was employed by the draft registration board to examine young men for the draft. During this job, he befriended many servicemen and kept track of their military service during the war. Dr. Perkins died in 1922, and his widow, Clara, donated the collection to the Dorchester Historical Society in 1924.
Appointed by the President, June 23, 1917, to the board [Legal Advisory Board Division 21 City of Boston] to evaluate men for the war effort. By occupation an undertaker. Loyal and faithful to the government, kind and considerate to the men called to service. To the mothers that came before the board he always had a sympathetic ear. His genial mannerism, his integrity endeared him to all his associates. N.R.P.