Alfred Berry, MM



May 25, 1896

Born at Glasgow Scotland


Mar 23, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø      Number 59059 (temporary number 1301)

Ø      Next of kin given as Godfrey Berry (brother) of 5 Galbraith Ave, Govan Glasgow Scotland

o       There is also a note to notify CFR Taylor Esq, c/o Messrs Taylor Bros Ltd, Tinsmiths, Hardware and Coal Merchants, Carleton Place Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Sheet Metal Worker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Mar 29, 1915

Completed second medical exam at Kingston Ontario


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Jun 24, 1915

Admitted to Tent Hospital at St Martin’s Plain, Shorncliffe with a case of Gonorrhea


Jul 3, 1915

Discharged to duty


Jul 22, 1915

Reported AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 28, 1915

Reported for duty from being AWL and fined 7 day’s pay and awarded 14 days detention


Aug 27, 1915

Fined $2 for Drunkenness


Sep 7, 1915

Awarded 14 days detention for being absent from Musketry Parade


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


He was released from detention in order to proceed to France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 25, 1915

Reported to be wounded, but there is no entry for admission to a Field Ambulance or any other hospital.  It is likely he was held by the Battalion’s Medical Officer for treatment


Sep 29, 1915

Returned to duty from being wounded


Nov 17, 1915

Employed on Divisional Coal Fatigue


Apr 10, 1916

Attended at No 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for Dental treatment and released same day


Jul 24, 1916

Ceases to be attached to Division Coal Fatigue


Sep 1, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA with an inflamed right knee joint (Synovitis) and transferred same day to No 6 CFA


Sep 8, 1916

Transferred to No 5 CFA


Sep 9, 1916

Discharged to duty


Oct 3, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA with a shrapnel wound to right leg and a scalded left leg and transferred same day to No 2 CFA


Oct 7, 1916

Transferred to No 9 CFA then discharged to duty same day


Dec 17, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 28, 1916

At duty from leave


Jan 22, 1917

Attached to the Composite Battalion for duty


Feb 1, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl E Frankland who had been wounded and proceeded to England


Feb 23, 1917

Returned to duty with 21st Battalion from Composite Battalion


May 8, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA with a shrapnel wound to right foot and transferred same day to No 12 CFA


May 10, 1917

Transferred to No 14, General Hospital at Wimereux with a slight wound to right foot.


May 22, 1917

Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


Jun 28, 1917

Transferred to No 3 Rest Camp


Jun 30, 1917

Discharged from Rest Camp and posted to “A” Company at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre


Jul 18, 1917

Left CIBD to join unit


Jul 19, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 3, 1917

Proceeded on course (name of course not recorded)


Aug 18, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt with pay


Aug 28, 1917

Rejoined battalion from course


Nov 1, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 15, 1917

Rejoined from leave


Nov 21, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined battalion from Royal Engineers


Mar 4, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA with a shrapnel wound to left leg then transferred same day to No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 5, 1918

Transferred via No 35 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 4 General Hospital at Camiers


Mar 11, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


Posted to EORD while in hospital


Mar 12, 1918

Admitted to Queen Mary Military Hospital at Whalley, Lancs


Mar 21, 1918

Transferred to No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington, Kent


Apr 25, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30652


This was for his actions during a large raid by German storm troopers on March 4, 1918

Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.  In connection with a hostile raid on a large scale when the enemy succeeded in entering our trenches under cover of an intense artillery barrage and the use of liquid fire, this NCO with great courage and devotion to duty, after his Officer was wounded, took command of his Platoon and re-organized under very heavy shell fire, taking part in driving the enemy out of our line and re-establishing our position.  During this time he was wounded but carried on until the Company was re-organized.

AFW 3121.  7-3-18


Jul 9, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Jul 23, 1918

Admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital at Brighton with a case of Syphilis


Jul 24, 1918

Ceases to be On Command to CCD and posted to EORD and shown to be in hospital


Jul 26, 1918

Transferred to Military Hospital at Cambridge


Oct 21, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Special Hospital at Etchinghill


Nov 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to No 1 CCD


Nov 14, 1918

Ceases to be On Command to CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Jan 6, 1919

Reported to be AWL


Jan 9, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL


Jan 11, 1919

Severely Reprimanded for being AWL and fined 3 day’s pay


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jul 4, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 213406

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 392 Spadina Ave, Toronto Ontario


Sep 7, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 18 Grenville St, Toronto Ontario


Jul 1, 1942

Communiqué reports that he was serving again, having been posted to the Petawawa Internment Camp as a Provost Sgt and later posted to Valcartier as the RSM


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