Captain PERCY HERBERT CHERRY
Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
Died 27 March 1917
Age 21 years old
VIII. C. 10.
- Country of Service Australian
- Awards Victoria Cross, Military Cross
- Additional Info Son of John Gawley Cherry and Elizabeth Cherry, of Cradoc, Huon, Tasmania. Born at Drysdale, Victoria.
- Personal Inscription IN MEMORY OF THE DEARLY LOVED SON OF J. & E. CHERRY OF CRADOC, HUON, TASMANIA
- Additional Citation note
An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 11th May, 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery, determination and leadership when in command of a company detailed to storm and clear a village. After all the officers of his company had become casualties he carried on with care and determination in the face of fierce opposition, and cleared the village of the enemy. He sent frequent reports of progress made, and when held up for some time by an enemy strong point, he organised machine gun and bomb parties and captured the position. His leadership, coolness and bravery set a wonderful example to his men. Having cleared the village, he took charge of the situation and beat off the most resolute and heavy counter-attacks made by the enemy. Wounded about 6.30 a.m., he refused to leave his post, and there remained, encouraging all to hold out at all costs, until, about 4.30 p.m. this very gallant officer was killed by an enemy shell."