Percy Black

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Ann Gervasoni at ANZAC Cove, 2011. Her tour guides were fascinated with Percy Black, Courtesy Ann Gervasoni

Percy Black served with the A.I.F. during World War One.



Percy Black was born at Bacchus Marsh. He enlisted during World War One and served at Gallipoli. He trained as a carpenter before moving to Western Australia as a prospector in the Western Australian gold rush.

Black enlisted as a private in the First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) in 1914. Black became one of the most decorated Australian soldier during World War One. He was killed at the First Battle of Bullecourt on 11 April 1917 while commanding the right flank of his battalion.


Black is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

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