Willie Berry (1890-1918)

An ongoing project to commemorate and research the lives of those who appear on war memorials and rolls of honour in the local area, who served in the military, or whose deaths were linked to conflict.


Willie[1] Berry was born on 11 October 1890, the son of insurance agent Solomon Berry and his wife Elizabeth Ann (née Stead), and was baptised on 23 November 1890 at St. Bartholomew, Meltham.

Both of his parents died in 1910.

His younger brother, 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.

His sister, Annie, joined the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (F.A.N.Y.) and served in France as an ambulance driver. In 1919, General Philippe Pétain awarded her the Croix de Guerre and Bronze Star for gallantry.

Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922

The following extract is from Huddersfield's Roll of Honour: 1914-1922 (2014) by J. Margaret Stansfield:

BERRY, WILLIAM. Private. No 39822. 11th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment. Born Meltham. Killed in action, 22.3.1918. Has no known grave. Commemorated on the ARRAS MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING.
ROH:- St. Bartholomew's Church, Meltham.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission



Notes and References

  1. Although his name is sometimes recorded as "William", the birth index and baptismal records are for "Willie".