Andrew Murray PERRY

Regimental number2095
Place of birthGoolwa, South Australia
AddressNarracoorte, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 11.25"
Weight214 lbs
Next of kinSister, Mrs Rebecca Lobban, Narracoorte, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed for 3 years in the 16th Light Horse Regiment; time expired.
Enlistment date29 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll27 September 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 3rd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A28 Miltiades on 7 February 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records45
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 6), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: James and Susan PERRY. Native of Hindmarsh Island, South Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 7 February 1916; disembarked Suez, 11 March 1916.

Taken on strength, 32nd Bn, Duntroon Plateau, 1 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing, 20 July 1916.

Identification disc received from Germany (German Death List, 4 November 1916). No particulars were afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported as KILLED IN ACTION 20/7/16.

German report, 2 August 1916: 'austr. Sold. Perry, A.M. Erk.Mrk. 2095, 32. Bn. am 19.7.16 in Gegen Fromelles gefallen.'

Statement by 2022 W. DYKE, 32nd Bn (prisoner of war, Ohrdruff, Germany), 12 January 1917,: 'Private Perry and I were together & he was shot in the head & killed instantly. His home was in Narracoorte, South Australia & I think that he is the A M Perry 2095 reported missing.'

Red Cross File No 2140107 has further statement by DYKE: 'On 19th July at Fleurbaix in our attack, after we had taken the enemy's first line trench, we were together firing from a mound, when he was shot by sniper's bullet through forhead. Killed instantly. We went forward afterwards, but enemy recovered the ground taken. His body was left he fell.'

Second statement, 2007 Pte A. CORRIGAN (former prisoner of war), 20 January 1919: 'At Fleurbaix on 19/20th July 1916, I passed close to Perry's body lying on the field. This was between Enemy's 2nd or 3rd lines. (3rd line was our objective.) He was lying on his side, with his rifle alongside his face. His helmet was off. He had been hit by machine gun bullet in forehead. I saw his body about 7 o'clock in evening of 19th July. I was taken prisoner of war next morning. We came over in same reinforcements 3rd of 32nd Battalion. He had a bald head, a tall chap about 14 stone weight.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Medals allotted to youngest brother, Roland J. Perry, Station Street, Box Hill, Victoria. Oldest brother untraceable: 'whether he is living or dead I cannot say he left home over forty years ago' (R.J. Perry). Oldest sister: Mrs A. McCowan, Stevenson Street, Kew, Melbourne.
SourcesNAA: B2455, PERRY Andrew Murray
Red Cross file 2140107