Alfred William Berry



Jul 28, 1891

Born in London, England to Richard and Emma Berry


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59060 (temporary number 396)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs E. Berry, 19 Livingstone Rd., Thornton Heath, Surrey, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area over the winter of 1914-15


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec

May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 2, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis and transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station at Godewaersvelde, France


Jan 10, 1916

Transferred to the NMCCS (North Midland Casualty Clearing Station) at Mont des Cats


Jan 18, 1916

Discharged to duty


Apr 3, 1916

Granted leave until April 11


Apr 11, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 28, 1916

Attached to the 4th FCCE (Field Company Canadian Engineers) for duty with the Carrying Party


Sep 12, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from the 4th FCCE


Oct 22, 1916

Attached to the 4th CMGC (Canadian Machine Gun Company) for duty


Nov 6, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 11, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the 4th CMGC


Nov 22, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Engineers for duty


Jan 18, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from duty with the Engineers


Feb 2, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever without a known cause


Feb 4, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 CFA Rest Station


Feb 14, 1917

Discharged to duty from the CFA Rest Station


Jul 9, 1917

Attached to the 4th Brigade Transport for duty


Sep 8, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 20, 1917

Rejoined his unit from leave


Jan 31, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from Brigade Transport


Mar 9, 1918

Attached to the 4th TMB (Trench Mortar Battery) for duty


Jun 3, 1918

While in action with the 4th TMB near Wailly, France, Private Berry was killed in action and buried in the Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere, France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Mrs. Frances M. Wright, 1 Linom Road, Clapham, England.

There was no Memorial Cross issued.


Private Berry is also honoured on the Almonte, Ontario War Memorial

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