Charlie Perry

Chaplain, Athlete

1888 – 1961


Who was Charlie Perry?

Charles Julius "Charlie" Perry was an Australian rules footballer who played with Norwood in the SAFL, and a Methodist Chaplain who served in the First AIF.

Born in Terowie, South Australia on 20 October 1888, to Isaiah and Caroline Maria Paulina Perry, née Roediger, his brother, Frank Perry was a South Australian industrialist and member of parliament. He married Florence Muriel Day on 16 September 1920.

Perry, commonly known as 'Redwing' due to his red hair, appeared in 58 games for Norwood and would have played more had World War I not interrupted his career. A Methodist minister, Perry finished equal first in a three way tie for the 1915 Magarey Medal count before having to settle for second after the umpires conferred to split the leaders as per the rules at the time. He was however posthumously awarded a retrospective Medal in 1998.

Enlisting on 1 march 1916, he served in Europe as a chaplain during World War One and was involved in the AIF exhibition match which was played in London in 1916, captaining the Combined Training Units team.

On 24 January 1919, Lieutenant-Colonel H.D.K. Macartney, the Officer Commanding of the 3rd Australian Divisional Artillery recommended that Perry be awarded an Officer of the Order of the British Empire:

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Oct 20, 1888
Jan 4, 1961

on July 23, 2013


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