Percy G. Chalmers

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Percy George George Vivian Chalmers was born at Ballarat in 1888. His parents were John and Emily Chalmers of Dana Street, Ballarat. At the time of his World War One enlistment on 14 April 1915 he was a glazier.

Serving with the 22nd Battalion Percy Chalmers was one of the last to leave the Gallipoli Peninsula in December 1915.

Lieutenant Percy Chalmers of the 22nd Battalion AIF won the Military Cross which was gazetted on 02 April 1919, and presented by King George V:-

For Great courage and initiative near Geneve, on the night 3rd-4th October, 1918. During the advance his company commander was killed. He promptly assumed command and rushed the position, bombing and capturing three heavy machine guns. He then led a party through the surrounding dug-outs, killing a portion of the occupants and forcing the surrender of one officer and thirty three others. At dawn he again led his men splendidly , killing several enemy and capturing three prisoners himself.

Returning to Australia in July 1919 Percy Chalmers returned to his pre-war career of glass blowing. On 1 November 1919 Percy married his fiancée, Ballarat-born Hilda Ann Isobel “Daisy” Major. They settled in Randwick (Sydney) and raise two children, Geneve (for the French village that had figured so prominently in her father’s life), and James Major Chalmers.[1]

Percy Chalmers died suddenly on 25 February 1944 aged 56 years,.[2]


The World War One service recognised with tree number 661 in the Ballarat Avenue of Honour is dedicated to Percy Chalmers, and was planted by Miss L. Commins.


Percy Chalmers married Hilda Ann Major in Ballarat on 01 November 1919.

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  1., accessed 30 July 2017.
  2., accessed 30 July 2017.

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--Beth Kicinski 12:36, 19 June 2013 (EST); --Clare K.Gervasoni 22:25, 7 July 2017 (AEST)

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