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Egbert Somers PERRY

Regimental number973
Place of birthTallangatta, Victoria
SchoolState School No 1365, Tallangatta, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTallangatta, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, Arthur James Perry, Tallangatta, Victoria
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date24 February 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll26 February 1916
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name37th Battalion, C Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/54/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 3 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll37th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'Only son, three sisters. Saw father through a drought. Then one evening said "Mr Hughes is calling for more men. I must go." At Messines shot by a sniper. A dutiful and affectionate son and brother.' (details from father)
FateKilled in Action 07-9 June 1917
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 25), Belgium

The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.

The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.

The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.

Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Arthur and Mary PERRY, Tallangatta, Victoria. Native of Lake Findlay, Tallangatta
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 3 June 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 25 July 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 22 November 1916. Admitted to 10th Field Ambulance, 10 January 1917 (mumps); transferred to 7th General Hospital, St Omer, 12 January 1917; rejoined unit, 5 February 1917.

Admitted to 11th Field Ambulance, 17 April 1917 (pernial abcess); rejoined unit, 4 May 1917.

Promoted Corporal, 5 May 1917.

Killed in action, 8 June 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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