Collection RC0857 - Cullen and John Perry collection

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Cullen and John Perry collection

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  • 1890-1941 (Creation)

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15 cm

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Cullen served with the Queen’s Own Regiment in the first contingent. He was wounded three separate times at: St. Julien; during the Somme campaign; and at Vimy Ridge. After his convalescence he returned to the Front each time. In 1917 he was assigned to the Royal Flying Corp and was sent to Alexandria, Egypt for flight training. He died in a freak plane crash, 3 February 1918.

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John served with 1 Land Forces as a 2nd Lieutenant and was also wounded. He returned to service with the 19th Battalion and the Hampshire Regiment, where he served with distinction. When the Second World War began, John joined the Ontario Regiment, Canadian Tank Brigade, in command of the 2nd Company as a captain and served throughout the war.

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The papers in this collection consists mainly of material from the First World War relating to Lieut. Cullen Perry and Lieut. John Ham Perry of Whitby, Ontario. The Perry brothers came from a family tradition of military service dating from the Loyalist Oliver Hazard Perry, who fought in the War of 1812 (Battle of Lake Erie). Both volunteered when the war began in 1914. The archive consists of letters, photographs, ephemera, and other service material: Military Service Record book, diary, flight log, and other items. Additionally, there is a scrap book kept by John, following the war.

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The collection (2014-001) was acquired from Gord Russell in January 2014.


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Box 1
F.1 Letters from Cullen Perry to his mother. 1915-1917
F.2 Letters of condolence to Mrs. Perry on her son’s death. 1918.
F.3 Miscellaneous items related to Cullen Perry including Log Book, pay book, and other items.
F.4 Miscellaneous items related to John Ham Perry, including service record, diary from 1917 (during convalescence), and other items.
F.5 Scrapbook of materials related to both brothers and family history.
F.6 Photographs. 1893-1929.
F.7 Four uniform pins.

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