Windsor Historical Society
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Charles D. Perry, 1895-1977
.5 linear foot
Special Collection Storage
Charles Dexter Perry (1895-1977) was a Windsor,
CT native who fought in World War I. The second of five
children born to Poquonock residents Clarence and Mary
Perry, he began work at the Dunham textile mill after
completing the eighth grade. In 1917 he enlisted as a
private in the 26th Yankee Division, 102nd
Infantry and was sent overseas to France. Charles was the
first Poquonock serviceman to be on the war’s casualty list
and earned the dubious honor of being Windsor’s most wounded
World War I veteran with 26 body wounds. One of his injuries
included a piece of shrapnel that wasn’t removed until 1955
for fear of paralyzing two of his fingers.
Once Charles was discharged in 1918, he toured
the country campaigning for the Liberty Loan program and
selling war bonds. He was recognized on many occasions for
his service during the war and received various medals and
awards, including the Purple Heart. In the 1930s, Charles
Perry was active as the District Leader of the
Gray-Dickinson Post #59 of the American Legion in Windsor.
He was also the secretary for the North End Improvement
Association of Poquonock and a Boy Scout scoutmaster.
Charles worked in the engineering department of the Royal
Typewriter Company in Hartford for over thirty years before
retiring in 1969. He died in 1977.
Scope and Contents
The collection contains letters written from
France by Windsor, Connecticut natives Charles Dexter Perry
and by his brother William L. Perry during World War I.
Charles Perry’s correspondence in 1917 and 1918 conveys a
confident and optimistic attitude about the war and life on
the front lines, as opposed to the more depressing and
pessimistic outlook expressed in William’s letters from
1919. Charles Perry was active in veteran’s affairs after
the war and the collection includes several speeches made
for the American Legion, three photographs, and Windsor
Legion Post #59 membership lists from the 1920s. Other items
of memorabilia include newspaper clippings about Charles
Perry, six postcards he purchased in Chateauroux, France,
and the fragment of shrapnel which remained in his wrist for
The collection is arranged by format.
Series I. Correspondence
Subseries A. Letters
written by Charles D. Perry
Subseries B. Letters
written by William L. Perry
Series II. Speeches and reports
Series III. Membership lists
Series IV. Photographs
Series V. Newspaper Clippings
Series VI. Memorabilia
Series VII. Artifacts
Box and Folder Lists
Folder 1. Correspondence (1917-1919): fifteen letters
written from France by Charles D. Perry to his mother Mary
A. Perry and his sister Florence A. Perry.
Folder 2. Correspondence (1919): two letters written from
France by William L. Perry to his brother Charles D. Perry
and to his mother Mary A. Perry.
Folder 3. Speeches and reports: speech made by Perry on
Armistice Day, speech accepting the position as district
commander for the American Legion, report of the Commander
Folder 4. Membership lists: Gray-Dickinson Post #59 American
Legion in Windsor for 1925, 1927, and undated
Folder 5. Photographs: Charles Perry in uniform (1917-1918),
dedication of the War Memorial Monument on Broad Street
Green (1929), and Charles Perry with leadership members of
the American Legion (1943).
Folder 6. Newspaper clippings: articles about Charles Perry
during World War I, articles about honors given to Perry
after the war, poems, a political cartoon, and articles
about Windsor or Windsor residents during the war.
Folder 7. Memorabilia: Charles Perry’s discharge paper and
hospital ID card, certificate for the Boy Scouts of America,
meeting card for the North End Improvement Association of
Poquonock, railroad ticket, and Perry’s obituary.
Folder 8. Postcards: six postcards bought in France during
World War I.
Folder 9. Artifacts: three Department of Connecticut
American Legion badges and a piece of shrapnel taken from
Perry’s wrist in 1955.
Monuments – World War I –
Eagle Monument, Broad Street Green
Organizations & Clubs –
Wars – World War I
American Legion. Department of Connecticut
Perry, Charles D., 1895-1977
Perry, Mary L., 1868-1957
Perry, William L., 1892-1920
United States. Army. Infantry Regiment, 102nd
World War, 1914-1918 – Personal narratives
This collection was
processed, arranged, and described by Sara Hawran in August
2009. A few additional items were inserted and the finding
aid revised by Barbara Goodwin in January 2015.