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Percy Cherry Park: One Hero, One Hundred Years of History

The Curlewis community has enjoyed the picturesque scenery and facilities of Percy Cherry Park for over a year. Officially named to commemorate local World War I hero Captain Percy Cherry VC MC, the Park is located not far from where he was born in Drysdale.

Percy Herbert Cherry was one of 194 men from Drysdale who fought in the Great War. While Cherry never made it home from the war, he distinguished himself through his bravery, intelligence and tactical eye. In August 1916, Percy Cherry was in Pozieres, the Somme, France. While defending against a fierce enemy attack, Cherry and a German officer fired at each other from their foxholes. Cherry and the German soldier each stood to get a better firing position, and shot at each other simultaneously. The German officer shot Cherry in the neck, but Cherry managed to mortally wound the German officer. Cherry approached the dying man, who pulled a bundle of letters and photographs from his pocket and asked Cherry to have them returned to his family.

Direct descendant and nearby resident, Bill Westhead, said the naming of Percy Cherry Park was very important for his family in honouring Percy's courage, and understanding the incredible commitment of those who fought in the Great War. The family has been trying to identify the descendants of the German shot to establish if the letters were ever received.

Today, Percy Cherry Park is a favourite place for Bayview residents, complete with BBQ facilities, landscaped gardens, play equipment and walking paths. Next time you're in the neighbourhood, pop into this serene piece of paradise and take a moment to remember the hero and the history behind the name.

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