Theophilus William PERRY


PERRY, Theophilus William

Service Number: 4291
Enlisted: 25 August 1915, Warwick Farm, NSW
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 45th Infantry Battalion
Born: Auburn, New South Wales, Australia, 9 May 1895
Home Town: Auburn, Auburn, New South Wales
Schooling: Auburn Boys Public School
Occupation: Wood Machinist
Died: Killed In Action, Dernancourt, 5 April 1918, aged 22 years
Cemetery: Millencourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Row C Grave No 26
Memorials: Auburn Boys Public School Pictorial Honour Roll, Auburn North Public School Great War Roll of Honor, Auburn Public School WW1 Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

25 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 4291, 1st Infantry Battalion, Warwick Farm, NSW
20 Dec 1915: Involvement Private, SN 4291, 1st Infantry Battalion
20 Dec 1915: Embarked Private, SN 4291, 1st Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
27 Apr 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant
7 Oct 1917: Promoted Lieutenant
5 Apr 1918: Involvement Lieutenant, 45th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of John and Louisa PE4RRY, Dartbrook Road, Auburn, New South Wales

News came through to Auburn on Monday evening that Lieut. Theo. Perry was killed in action in France on 5th inst.  He was 22 years of age, and ahd been 2 1/2 years on active service.  He was the second son of Mrs. Bongers, of Dartbrook road, Auburn, and the late Mr. J.W. Perry.  He was a native of Auburn, and received his education at the local public school. When he left for the war he was a sergeant in the local cadets.  He was promoted in rank on the field and received a star.  When Lieut. R. Pickup (another Auburn soldier), who commanded A Company of the 45th Battalion, was wounded as his men were going into the trenches at Passchedale his place was taken by 2nd Lieut. Perry, who led the Company in battle against the enemy.  For the way in which he acquitted himself he was personally congratulated by the Colonel promoted to 1st lieutenant, and was decorated with another star.  A step-brother (the late Private John Bongers) was killed in action on the Somme in August 1916.  Lieut-colonel Stan. Perry M.C., an elder brother, is still with the 45th Battalion and another step-brother (Sergt. Bert Bongers) is with the Pioneers now in France.  the two last named are Anzacs.