Eric William Berry, the son of Alfred and Mabel Berry and brother to Phyllis, Edna and June. He lived in Northallerton, Yorkshire and as a boy was a keen footballer and Boy Scout. On leaving school in 1936 he became an apprentice electrician.
In 1940 he enlisted into The Green Howards. Later the same year after a call for electricians Private ‘Billy’ Berry transferred to The Royal Army Service Corps (RASC) and began training as a vehicle electrician.
In 1943 Private Berry volunteered for The Parachute Regiment and attended parachute training course number 88 at RAF Ringway between 18 and 30 August 1943. His course report states: ‘Pte Barry [sic] Intelligent, made good progress, very adaptable.’
Pte Berry was posted to the 12th (Yorkshire) Parachute Battalion.
Lance Corporal Berry took part in Operation Overlord, Normandy. He was Killed in Action on 6 June 1944 when he stepped on a landmine. He was aged 22 years old.
L/cpl Berry is now buried at Ranville War Cemetery, Normandy.
By Wendy George with information from Paula CollinsonRead More