Harry Berry was born in late 1893 in Rugby and baptised at St Matthews Church, Rugby on 28th Jan 1894. His parents were James and Sarah Ann (nee Calloway) who married in 1884. James was born in Stetton on Dunsmore and Sarah Ann came from Banbury. James was a bricklayer and the family lived at 25 Union Street, Rugby (next to the Beehive Inn.)
By 1911 Harry was seventeen years old and working as a shop assistant in a boot shop. His parents had seven surviving children, out of nine.
CWGC gives Lance Corporal Harry Berry number 4628 of the Royal Warwickshire died 19th July 1916 aged 22. He was buried at Cabaret-Rouge Cemetery, Souchez. His body was transferred there in 1923 from a smaller cemetery in the area. He was identified by his uniform and stripes. A watch was forwarded to his family.
His gravestone bears the words “REST IN THE LORD” provided by his brother and next of kin Mr J W Berry of 57 Union St, Rugby. In 1919 James is listed as a plumber.
A death notice appears in the Rugby Advertiser of 25th November 1916
“BERRY- On July 19th as a prisoner of war from wounds received in action, Lance Corpl HARRY BERRY 2/7th Royal Warwickshire Regiment second son of the late James Berry 25 Union Street, Rugby, aged 22 years,
James Berry died aged 58 in March quarter 1915. Mrs Berry, a grocer, is living at 25 Union Street in 1919 and 1922.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM