Osborne Jonathan Perry Regimental number: A/38068Regiment/Service:Canadian Infantry 8th BattalionDate of Birth: June 11, 1890Date of DeathJune 10, 1916Age:27Memorial:Ypres – (Menin Gate) MemorialCarleton Monument (Carleton, Yarmouth Co., N.S.)Commemorated on Page 147 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Information:Eldest son of Fred and Joanna Perry of Carleton, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. He had five sisters and three brothers.
Osborne Jonathan Perry
Attestation paper: Perry, Osborne Jonathan
Osborne Perry enlisted on June 14, 1915 with the 44th Battalion. He was transferred to the 52nd Battalion and then to the 8th Battalion. His father received a telegram stating that his eldest son Private Osborne Perry had been killed in action June 10th. He had been in the trenches 10 months. The 8th Battalion was one of first Canadian battalions to see action. The Carleton Monument spells his name Osbourne.
Belgian, December 29, 1915Dear mother and dad, – I received your letters out at Camp but in in the trenches again. This will be the last time you will here for me this year but I will be in a good place to start the New Year right.Well, Mother, we certainly had some Christmas for a place like this. Of course we were at rest camp and the supper was held in a big YMCA tent that was there. The tent was well trimmed with Christmas lanterns. The supper consisted of roast pork, nice mashed potatoes, green peas, plum pudding, fruit, nuts and they passed around cigars after it was all over.The battalion band was playing all supper time. The officers all gave us a little address, wishing us a Merry Christmas and so forth. Then some of the boys sang some songs, did a little step dancing and we finished as usual with God Save the King.I think all the boys had a very pleasant evening – of course, nothing like being home. I think all our minds went back to Canada where we ate our dinner last year. I know mine did, but I hope we will all be home next year. Some of us will, at any rate. The boys in the trenches will be having their big night New Year's Eve.I think all the people in Canada tried to make it as happy as possible for us all. All the boys, as well as myself, get all kinds of boxes of good things, some from people we hardly knew. One Ladies’ society in Toronto sent all the 8th Battalion a dandy pocketbook, just fits our pockets right and good for carrying little things. We all got a pair of socks from Canada, each pair filled with tobacco, chewing gum, etc. When the boys got those socks it put me in mind of a bunch of kids going through their stockings on Christmas morning and each one decided the stuff in his socks was the best.We are still having nice damp weather, the ground not being frozen yet. You asked me how we kept a fire in the trenches. We only have fire enough to cook our food which is to fry our bacon and boil a cup of tea.There are all kinds of buildings around here shelled to the ground and night we can go and get the framework to do our cooking. I have not had a scratch of any kind yet, although close enough sometimes. Hoping this finds you all well. I remain as ever.Osborne
Menin Gate :Ypres (now Ieper) is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk).Each night at 8 pm the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches