Reginald John PERRY

PERRY, Reginald John

Service Number: 4466
Enlisted: 14 August 1915, West Maitland
Last Rank: Sergeant
Last Unit: 1st Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Paddington, New South Wales, Australia, 15 September 1892
Home Town: Tenambit, Maitland Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Tenambit Public School and West Maitland Technical College, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: War related, Tenambit, New South Wales, Australia, 4 March 1922, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Morpeth Cemetery, New South Wales
Anglican Portion, Section M.
Memorials: Tenambit Public School Roll of Honour, Tenambit Soldiers Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4466, 1st Infantry Battalion, West Maitland
15 Jan 1916: Involvement Private, SN 4466, 1st Infantry Battalion
15 Jan 1916: Embarked Private, SN 4466, 1st Infantry Battalion, RMS Osterley, Sydney
16 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery
22 Feb 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Corporal, 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery
17 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Corporal, SN 4466, 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery, German Spring Offensive 1918, Strazelle, Shrapnel wound to forehead.
26 Apr 1918: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1st Light Trench Mortar Battery
30 Apr 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 1st Machine Gun Battalion
12 May 1919: Embarked AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4466, 1st Machine Gun Battalion , HT Soudan, Devonport for return to Australia - arriving Sydney 30 June 1919.
25 Aug 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Sergeant, SN 4466, 1st Machine Gun Battalion

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Biography contributed by Michael Silver

The Maitland Mercury reported on Saturday, March 4, 1922 that Reg Perry, who had been seriously ill for several months, had died at the residence of his brother-in-law Mr John Brownlie of Tenambit.

He served for several years at the front in the Great War with the First Machine Gun Battalion attaining the rank of Sergeant and being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal but subsequently suffered severely from shell-shock and the effects of gas.

On his return from the war, he had been able to resume his position as a clerk with the Hunter District Water Supply and Sewerage Board at its office at West Maitland, but the effects of his war injuries soon made themselves apparent and he went under medical treatment. He gradually sank and for the past few weeks no hopes were held out for his recovery.

The late Mr Perry was a native of Morpeth and was 29 years of age. He was the eldest son of seven children to John Perry and his wife Alice (nee Wingrave) of Tenambit. His brother Rees Wingrave Perry (N95531) enlisted in October 1918 but did not proceed overseas.

He was extremely popular amongst a wide circle of friends who will regret to learn of his untimely passing. The funeral will leave Mr Brownlie’s Collinson Street residence at 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, March 5, for the Church of England Cemetery, Morpeth. Returned soldiers are especially invited to attend.