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Percy Edward SHERMAN

Regimental number3924
Place of birthGatton, Queensland
Place of birthUpper Tent Hill, Queensland
SchoolUpper Tent Hill State School, Queensland
Other trainingDiploma of Mechanical Engineering, Technical College, Queensland
OccupationUniversity student
AddressCaffey, Gatton, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinFather, George Sherman, Caffey, Gatton, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed as a Corporal First Class Royal Field Engineers, Ipswich, Qlueensland.
Enlistment date28 June 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 12th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A23 Suffolk on 30 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour Circular'He passed as a successful candidate for a commission in the A.I.F. at Enoggera but was too young to receive same. He left school at the age of thirteen and a half years and entered the blacksmith trade with a local tradesman. From there to the government railway workshops at Ipswich from which he enlisted. He was also a full benefit member of the "Independent Order of Rechabites' of that town from the age of seventeen years. Also a member of the Royal Order of St George. (details from Mother: Susannah Sherman, Gatton, Queensland) Percy Sherman was first reported as missing before being declared killed in action on 9 August 1916.
FateKilled in Action 9 August 1916
Place of death or woundingPozieres, Somme Sector, France
Age at death22
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George and Susanah SHERMAN, Caffey, Queensland
Family/military connectionsPossibly a brother.

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