Jeff PEIRCE is a Military History Researcher based in Bunbury, WA who desires to acknowledge local Men and Women who enlisted for War Service. He has built 3 websites since 2009 in this cause, in dedication to his Grandfather who served in the Great War 1914-1918. The 3 websites in development order are:- Jeff was a finalist in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards- nominated in the Western Australian Local Hero Category.

BARRY, Edward John

Service Number – WX12436

Rank- Lieutenant

Unit/Division- 2/3 Independent Company, AIF

Enlistment Date- 6 May 1941

Date of Birth- 2 September, 1915

Place of Birth- Perth, WA

Address on Enlistment- Mount Lawley, WA

Next of Kin on Enlistment- Father- William BARRY, Mother – Ada BARRY both of Mount Lawley, WA

KIA/Mortally Wounded-

Date- 17 August, 1943

Place- Lae, Papua New Guinea

Age at Death- 25 years.

Burial Location/Commemoration Details- Lae War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea ( Plot N, Row C, Grave No. 4 ).

Sincere thanks to Researcher, Julie KILPATRICK, who located the following details to allow us to prove the Soldier’s identity:-

  • 1937 Electoral Roll listing soldier’s home address as 55 Stirling Street Bunbury, working as a Fibrous Plasterer,
  • West Australian Newspaper Death Notices dated 9 September, 1943  referring to him being commonly known as ” Jack “,
  • One of the Death Notice Tributes was from his last Employer, Perth Modelling Works which affirmed his employment as a Fibrous Plasterer.