Godfrey Charles Berry

Date of birth: 1897
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 5524
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Royal Warwickshire
Battalion: 2/8th (T.F)battalion
Died: 15 January 1917, aged 19 years
Buried: Contay British Cemetery, France (Plot VII, Row B, Grave 16)

Life before the War

Godfrey was the second of 3 siblings born to Edward and Mary Adelina Berry (nee Taylor), who married in 1894.

Edward was born in Southampton in 1861. He was initially a Theatre Stage Assistant and then became a ladies tailor. He died in the city in 1929. Mary was also born in the city, in 1865; she died in 1922. Siblings:

  1. Arthur James    b. 1896 Southampton   d. 1896
  2. Godfrey Charles
  3. Dorothy May   b. 1900 Southampton   d. 1998 Romsey

War Service

The Battalion was formed in Birmingham in October 1914 as part of the 2/1st Warwickshire Brigade of the 2/1st South Midland Division. The battalion then became part of the 182nd Brigade of the 61st Division in August 1915 and moved to Salisbury Plain from Chelmsford.  It was mobilised for war in May 1916, and landed in France in the latter half of May. The battalion then became the 143rd Brigade of the 48th (South Midland) Division.

It seems likely that Godfrey perished during operations in the Ancre Valley, after the main battle in the area in November 1916.

The site for the cemetery was chosen in August 1916 for burials from the 49th Casualty Clearing Station, which arrived at Contay at the end of August. It was joined by the 9thClearing Station in the September.

Most burials from August 1916 to March 1917 were made from these two Clearing Stations.

The Cemetery contains 1133 WW1 British burials. Godfrey’s headstone reads: “I know that my redeemer liveth.”

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 10/08/2015

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