Sergeant John Edward Berry

John Edward Berry was born on June 27th, 1893 in Wrexham, Wales and raised in Llangollen. He was the youngest son of William Berry and Sarah Berry (nee Slawson). By the time he was four years old both his parents had died and the family was split up. John went to live with an Aunt and Uncle, and eventually joined the Merchant Marines. He emmigated to Canada sometime around 1912.

John joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force on November 23, 1914 in Victoria, B.C. During his time in the Great War he earned a D.C.M., a 1914-15 Star, a British War Medal and a Victory Medal. A local newspaper described the actions that earned him the D.C.M. : "across a bullet swept stretch before Malines he had espied a comrade in dire straits, and, rushing out at imminent danger to his life, he received no less than seven wounds, including two in the lungs, but managed to bring his pal to safety."

After the war John married Mary Slawson and they had six children. When Mary passed away John married Kathleen Harding and they had four more children together. John Berry worked as a longshoreman until his retirement in 1963. He also fought in the Second World War. This account was provided by John Berry's youngest daughter, Sara (Vickie) Parry.

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