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William John Berry

William John Berry

Born in East Grinstead he joined Brighton Borough on 12 March 1914 and resigned on 13 May 1915 having enlisted in Brighton to join the Royal Sussex Regiment.

 Private G/6820

8th Bn., Royal Sussex Regiment

Died of wounds on Tuesday 20 February 1917 age 25

Son of William John and Emily Berry of 162 London Road, East Grinstead, Sussex.

Buried at Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Grave reference V. C. 43

Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France

Dernancourt is a village 3 kilometres south of Albert.

The Communal Cemetery was used for Commonwealth burials from September 1915 to August 1916 and again in 1918. There are now over 2,000 war casualties commemorated in this site of which nearly 200 are unidentified. 29 officers and men are known or believed to be buried among these and are commemorated by special memorials. The cemetery covers an area of 5,678 square metres and is enclosed on three sides by a brick wall.