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Keith Oliver Perry

In memory of:

Warrant Officer Class I Keith Oliver Perry

August 23, 1943

Heydekrug, Germany

Military Service


Service Number:

R/87712

Age:

22

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

405 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45. 'Posthumously awarded RCAF Operational Wings in recognition of gallant service in action against the enemy, the 17 July 1946.

Additional Information


Born:

March 2, 1921
Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment:

January 9, 1941
Vancouver, British Columbia

Son of Roy Alfred and Alma Florence (nee Scott) Perry, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Brother of Phyllis and Eveline.

Commemorated on Page 202 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Panel 179.

Location:

During the Second World War more than 116,000 men and women of the Air Forces of the British Commonwealth gave their lives in service. More than 17,000 of these were members of the Royal Canadian Air Force, or Canadians serving with the Royal Air Force. Approximately one-third of all who died have no known grave. Of these, 20,450 are commemorated by name on the Runnymede Memorial, which is situated at Englefield Green, near Egham, 32 kilometres by road west of London. The design of the Runnymede Memorial is original and striking. On the crest of Cooper's Hill, overlooking the Thames, a square tower dominates a cloister, in the centre of which rests the Stone of Remembrance. The cloistered walks terminate in two lookouts, one facing towards Windsor, and the other towards London Airport at Heathrow. The names of the dead are inscribed on the stone reveals of the narrow windows in the cloisters and the lookouts. They include those of 3,050 Canadian airmen. Above the three-arched entrance to the cloister is a great stone eagle with the Royal Air Force motto, Per Ardua ad Astra". On each side is the inscription:
IN THIS CLOISTER ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF TWENTY THOUSAND AIRMEN WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE. THEY DIED FOR FREEDOM IN RAID AND SORTIE OVER THE BRITISH ISLES AND THE LANDS AND SEAS OF NORTHERN AND WESTERN EUROPE In the tower a vaulted shrine, which provides a quiet place for contemplation, contains illuminated verses by Paul H. Scott."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of KEITH OLIVER PERRY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of KEITH OLIVER PERRY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of KEITH OLIVER PERRY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of KEITH OLIVER PERRY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of KEITH OLIVER PERRY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of KEITH OLIVER PERRY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of KEITH OLIVER PERRY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Other– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of Keith Perry– In memory of the students from the University of British Columbia who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Photo of Keith Perry– Keith Oliver Perry, Warrent Officer I, was listed as a Prisoner of War,on page 2 of the 27-April-1943 edition of the Lethbridge Herald. He was interned at Stalag Luft VI (55°21'22.00"N / 21°31'19.00"E), Heydekrug, East Prussia. according to The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, Keith died 23-Aug-1943 as a POW. He was buried in an unmarked grave in the local cemetery just northerly of the camp. I read about a memorial that was established and unveiled in his honor in an article I found at http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/v2/nr-sp/index-eng.asp?id=3803. Unfortunately this web page is no longer available. An image of the memorial stone can be viewed at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13683547.
  • Memorial– Entrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Stone of Remembrance - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Panels - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Inscription - Runnymede Memorial - September 2010 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Warrant Officer Class I Keith Oliver Perry is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Warrant Officer Class I Keith Oliver Perry is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens

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