• Percy Herbert VC Cherry

Army / Flying Corps
  • 26th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 7th Brigade
  • Captain

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    Unknown
  • Birth

    Drysdale, VIC, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Franklin, TAS, Australia

Stories and comments
    • Captain Percy Cherry - Bravery beyond description
    • Posted by GregoryCope40, Friday, 12 May 2017

    Bravery beyond description” were the words used to describe the actions of Captain Percy Cherry in capturing the town of Lagnicourt on 26/3/1917 for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross. During the day-long battle, under fierce opposition and after all officers had been killed or wounded, the former apple farmer from Tasmania carried on organising machine-gun and bombing parties, sending back frequent reports and helping to clear the village of the enemy. Though wounded, he refused to leave his post, until the late afternoon when he was killed by a shell. He was just 21yrs old.

    • VC CHERRY AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    Victoria Cross Gazetted Lond 11/05/17 During the attack on Lagnicourt on the morning of the 26th March 1917, this Officer was in command of “C” Coy, who stormed and cleared the village. His gallantry and bravery is beyond description. After all the officers of his company were casualties, he carried on in the face of fierce opposition and mopped up the town in a more careful and determined manner. He continuously sent reports of the progress being made and when held up for some time by an enemy strong point, immediately organized Lewis Gunners, bombers and rifle bombers, and led the rush which captured this position. His leadership, coolness, and bravery set a wonderful example to his men. On clearing the village he took charge of the situation and with about 100 men and with the assistance of Lieut Stapleton( Claude Augustine 481 26th Bn) was mainly instrumental in beating off a most determined counter-attack made by the enemy with about 1000 men. He was wounded in the leg at about 6.30 a.m. but would not leave his post, encouraging all around him to hold out in the face of fierce opposition. He was unfortunately killed by an enemy shell at about 4.30 p.m. During the day he personally killed 9 Germans. He had previous to this attack been wounded on three occasions and was recommended for a D.S.O. when the Battalion attacked the malt Trench north of Warlencourt on March 1st 1917.

      • blackboycreek
      • Wednesday, 7 March 2018

      Military Cross Gazetted Lond 26/04/17 For conspicuous bravery and gallantry in action. In the attack on malt Trench north of Warlencourt on the night of 1st/2nd March 1917 he led his company with great dash and bravery. The wire was not well out, but he ran alongside the edge of the entanglements for a distance of about 50 yards until he found an opening, through which he led his men in single file. On entering the trench he met fierce opposition, but he rallied his men and cleared the trench, connecting up with the companies on his right and left. His efforts throughout were most gallant and inspiring, and although he was wounded remained on duty. He captured two enemy machine guns, one of which he personally turned on the enemy.

    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    Roll of Honour Percy Herbert Cherry Rank Captain Unit 26th Australian Infantry Battalion Service Australian Imperial Force Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918 Conflict Eligibility Date First World War, 1914-1921 Date of Death 27 March 1917 Place of Death France Cause of Death Killed in action Age at Death 21 Place of Association Cradoc, Tasmania, Australia Cemetery or Memorial Details Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy, Nord Pas de Calais, France Source AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army

    • CHERRY VC AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 7 March 2018

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    • CHERRY MM AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 7 March 2018

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    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    Cradoc Huon Tasmania 7th Machine Gun Coy (Red Cross – Pte George Frederick Barson 1505 Machine Gun Coy – He was killed in a dugout by a shell. Buried near Lagnicourt with full military honours. Lieut Emnerson Hay 26th Bn He was killed on the same night as i was wounded on 26/03/17 just after the attack at Lagnicourt Village which was held. Cherry took up a position in Sunken Road to right of the village was in a dugout at about 3.30pm when 5.9 inch shell entered and killed him instantly. He was buried to the right of where he fell behind Lagnicourt. Pte George William Miles 270 26th Bn 7th Mach Gun Co – Cherry was in charge of Number 2 Sect 7th Mach Gun Coy. Pte John Aubury Gricks 3494 26th Bn – he was killed in a dug out by a bursting shell near Lagnicourt. He was awarded a V.C. after his death. He was buried close to where he was killed.

    • Accession Number P04232.001 AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    Accession Number P04232.001 Description Original grave at Lagnicourt, France, of Captain (Capt) Percy Herbert Cherry VC MC, Commander of C Company, 26th Battalion. Capt Cherry was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for "most conspicuous bravery, determination and leadership when in command of a company detailed to storm and clear a village..." on 26 March 1917 at Lagnicourt, France. Capt Cherry cleared the village of the enemy after all the other officers of his company had been wounded. He organised machine gun and bomb parties and captured enemy positions, as well as resisting enemy counter attacks. After being wounded at 6:30 in the morning, he refused to leave his post, where he was killed at 4:30 in the afternoon by an enemy shell. Capt Cherry was also awarded the Military Cross on the same day for capturing two enemy machine gun posts (one single handedly) and turning the guns on to the enemy.

    Accession Number 	P04232.001
    • AWM and NAA records by Gary Parsons researcher 26th Bn.
    • Posted by blackboycreek, Wednesday, 7 March 2018

    (N.A.A. – 01/12/15 W.I.A. Gallipoli. Bomb wound to face and head. 05/08/16 W.I.A. – G.S.W. to neck. 02/03/17 W.I.A. 27/03/17 K.I.A. France. Buried N.E. of Bapaume near Lagnicourt. Exhumed in 1920 and re-interred into Queant Road Cemetery Buissy.)