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Henry John BERRY

Regimental number2789
Place of birthCreswick, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
AddressPerth, Western Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Next of kinSister, Mrs Avery Jane McClure, Anthony Street, Largs Bay, South Australia
Enlistment date17 October 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 October 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name44th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/61/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 29 December 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll44th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 3 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Victorian Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'On the 4th July, 1918, during the attack east of HAMEL, Private BERRY was in charge of a lewis gun team. During the early stages of the attack his crew became casualties. He at once collected men and organised another crew and, later, when his Company was temporarily held up by an enemy machine gun, BERRY rushed forward with his lewis gun and was successful in killing the crew and putting the gun out of action. By the bravery and initiative shown by him when under heavy machine gun fire he set a splendid example to the other men of his Section.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death20 October 1976

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