During World War ll Wes Perry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Beginning in 1941 he served with the Fifth Battalion, Victorian Scottish Regiment, and from 1942 until 1945 he served in the RAAF becoming a Flight Lieutenant Pilot with the RAAF/RAF Bomber and Transport Commands in Europe, Canada, USA and the Pacific areas.
As well as this distinguished career in the RAAF, in civilian life Wes served as Bursar of Haileybury College for 27 years, beginning in 1959. In this role he became a key player in achieving best practice in school bursars’ administration. In retirement Wes played a pivotal role in the development of the Australian Retired Bursars’ Association, as convenor.