Perry, Second Lieutenant Gilbert Douglas

No 5 Training Sqn AFC

Gilbert Perry came from Petersham in Sydney. He was 20, and a Civil Engineer and Surveyor, when he enlisted in the 4th Signal Troop, 4th Light Horse Brigade, at Moore Park in Sydney on 10 March 1915. He left Sydney on HMAT A31 Ajana on 31 May. In September, while serving at Gallipoli, he was transferred to the 2P nd P Division Signal Company. He served in other Signals units and the 13P th P Engineer Field Company on the Western Front before transferring to the AFC for pilot training in October 1917. He was commissioned on 25 May 1918 after graduation as a pilot.

He died on 29 June 1918 from injuries received at Minchinhampton on 21 June while flying Sopwith Camel C103 during a session of diving practice prior to firing at a ground target. The aeroplane’s starboard wing collapsed while pulling out of a dive too steeply, and the aeroplane spun into the ground.

2Lt G D Perry is buried east of the Church at Tetbury (St Saviour) Churchyard, Gloucestershire, England.

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