Annie Berry (1892-1936)

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Annie Berry (1892-1936)

Biography

Annie Berry was born on 9 February 1892 in Meltham, the daughter of insurance agent Solomon Berry and his wife Elizabeth Ann (née Stead), and was baptised on 27 March 1892 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham.

Both of her parents died in 1910.[1]

During the First World War, she joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and served as an ambulance driver attached to the French Army. In 1919, General Philippe Pétain awarded her the Croix de Guerre and Bronze Star for gallantry.

Two of her brothers were killed during the war: Arthur served in the 168th (Huddersfield) Brigade Royal Field Artillery and died from wounds on 7 February 1917; William served in the 11th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment and was killed in action on 22 March 1918.

Annie Berry died in 1936, aged 44.

Extracts

Sheffield Daily Telegraph (26/May/1919):

Miss A. Berry, daughter of the late Mr. S. Berry, of Meltham, has just been decorated by General Petain with the French Croix de Guerre and Star for her gallantry whilst acting as ambulance driver in the F.A.N.Y. attached to the French Army.

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Notes and References

  1. It remains uncertain what happened to Annie next, as her name was not found in the 1911 Census during research.