Ben Perkins was a young man who served with the British Army in 95th Rifle Regiment. Initially he served as a common private until the Regiment was nearly wiped out by a French cavalry attack during Sharpe's Rifles, however following the attack Sharpe was able to recover the Regimental Colours which he entrusted to Perkins for safekeeping. At the end of the episode Perkins saved Sharpe's life by shooting dead Colonel de L'Eclin, for which he was rewarded with a promotion to Chosen Man.
Perkins would go on to serve alongside the 95th throughout the war, however he would unfortunately be killed in action.
He was played by Lyndon Davies.