Frank Thomas Berry

Date of birth: 1879
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 26460
Rank: Lance Corporal
Regiment / Division: Hampshire
Battalion: 15th battalion (service)
Died: 1 August 1917, aged 38 years
Buried: Oak Dump, Belgium (Row C, Grave 16)

Life before the War

Frank was the oldest of 3 siblings born to Thomas and Lamira Berry (nee Rose), who were married in Southampton in 1877.

Thomas was born in the city in 1854, and he worked for the Ordnance Survey. He died in 1933.

Lamira was also born in the city, in 1856; she died in 1913.

Siblings:

  1. Frank
  2. Thomas Archibald Charles   b. 1881 Southampton   d. 1956 Winchester   Married Violet M. Eydmann in Southampton in 1915.
  3. Maud Lamira   b. 1884 Southampton   d. 1965 Cheshire   Married James Fallows in Southampton in 1909.

Interestingly, there is a Grandson (James Ivor Fallows) aged 9 years living with Maud and her parents at the 1911 Census.

Frank was a Law Clerk at the time he married Alice Annie Tucker in Newton Abbot in 1902. Alice had been born in that town in 1878.

They had one son in their 15 year marriage….. Frank Edward   b. 1904 Southampton   d. 1973 Hillingdon   Married Irene Ellen Lloyd in Kingston in 1932.

After Frank Snr’s death, Alice married William F. Adams in Newton Abbot in 1923, and she passed away in the town in 1963.

War Service

The battalion that Frank joined was formed in Portsmouth on 5 April 1915, by the mayor and his officers. The War Office adopted the battalion on 30 May 1915 and it moved to Aldershot in the
October of that year. The battalion immediately came under the orders of 122nd Brigade, in the 41st Division.

The brigade mustered for war in early 1916, landing in France in the May of that year.

Frank probably died as a result of the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, fought between 31 July and 2 August 1917. This was the opening Allied attack of the Third Battle of Ypres, and it began on the day that heavy rains commenced and persisted for the next couple of weeks.

Rain on already shelled ground made conditions terrible, and contributed to the large number of casualties on both sides.

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 10/08/2015
Updated:

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