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In the Colony She Was the First

Eric Arthur Terry (1896–1942)

Nineteen-year-old Eric Terry, a clerk, enlisted at the outbreak of war. He was allotted to ‘H’ Company, 15th Battalion. By March 1918 he had been mentioned in dispatches three times, and been promoted to the rank of captain. One citation read, ‘for exceptional good work and continuous devotion to duty during the period 28 February to 20 September 1917. As a Staff Captain he has shown great ability during active operations especially during the operations at Messines in June 1917 when he showed great ingenuity and tireless energy in getting supplies, ammunition and water forward to units in the front line’.
Major Eric Terry enlisted in the second A.I.F and was serving in Malaysia in 1942 when he died on active service. His sons Ian and Michael were both taken prisoners of war, but survived and returned to Australia.

Photographed on Boxing Day 1917 by an unknown Australian official photographer, the staff of the 12th Brigade at Haute Allaines (in northern France), including second from the left Captain E. A. Terry.
Photographed on Boxing Day 1917 by an unknown Australian official photographer, the staff of the 12th Brigade at Haute Allaines (in northern France), including second from the left Captain E. A. Terry.

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