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perryCharlie was born in Wolverhampton in 1891, the son of Charles and Harriet Perry. By 1911, they were living at 65 Byrne Road, Blakenhall, Wolverhampton, along with siblings Henry, Harriet, Lily May and Doris. Charlie was a clerk for a motor works. He later worked as a clerk for Messrs. Bussey, wholesale grocers, of Bilston, as well as being the manager of the Electric Picture Palace at Bloxwich. He was a member of the choir at St Paul’s Church, Wolverhampton, and at St Luke’s Mission, Dudley Road.

Charlie enlisted with the 2nd/6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (service number 241649), and became a Corporal. In 1916, he was on active service in Dublin during the Irish rebellion. On 21 April 1917, he was crossing an open field to the trenches when he was hit by a German shell, and killed instantly. He was featured in the Midland Counties Express on 12 May 1917. He is buried at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France, and he is remembered on the memorial at St Luke’s Church, Blakenhall.