BERRY, William
(Service number 88107)

Aliases Bill
First Rank Last Rank


Date 27 November 1878 Place of Birth Geraldine

Enlistment Information

Date 6 June 1918 Age 39 years
Address at Enlistment Temuka, Timaru
Occupation Bricklayer (Temuka Pipe Works)
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Married - married Flora LEE on 18 April 1906 at Temuka. Child - William BERRY, born 12 May 1907 at Temuka.
Next of Kin Mrs F. BERRY (wife), Allnutt Street, Temuka
Religion Church of England
Medical Information Height 5 feet 8 inches. Weight 168 lbs. Chest measurement 34-37½ inches. Complexion fair. Eyes blue. Eyes both 6/6. Hearing and colour vision both normal. Limbs well formed. Full and perfect movement of joints. Chest well formed. Heart nd lungs normal. Free from hernia, varicocele, varicose veins, inveterate or contagious skin disease. Haemorrhoids - now slight. Good bodily and mental health. No fits. No notification for consumption. No treatment in a sanatorium or mental institution. No absence from work through ill-health or accident. Slight deformity of second toe on each foot.

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Biographical Notes

William BERRY (Bill), born on 27 November 1878 at Geraldine, was the eldest son of William BERRY and Hannah née YEOMANSON. His parents had both come from England and married in New Zealand in 1877. His father died at Geraldine in 1902. Bill went to the Geraldine School where, in 1887, he was awarded a certificate for regular attendance. On 18 Aptil 1906 at St Peter's Anglican Church, Temuka, he married Flora LEE, They had two sons - William born on 12 May 1907 and attended the temuka School, and Alfred who was born in 1908 and died at just 7 hours. William einrolled in the New Zealand xpeditionary Force Reserve under the Military Service Act of 1916 on 15 May 1917. Having been drawn in the ballot, he enlisted on 6 June 1918 at Timaru. He left home on 9 September 1918 and arrived at camp the next day. He was posted to A Company before being transferred to T. Details in the following month. On demobilisation, 4 December 1918, he had no disability resulting from military service and was found to be in good health. As of March 1919 he was still in camp. Bill's brother Walter Harold also served in World War One.


NZ Defence Force Personnel Records (Archives NZ ref. AABK 18805 W5520 0014289) [14 July 2015]; Timaru Herald, 27 June 1887, 27 December 1887, 24 March 1891, 21 November 1902, 25 April 1903, 16 May 1907, Press, 15 August 1923 (Papers Past) [14 July 2015]; NZ BDM historical records indexes (Department of internal Affairs) [14 July 2015]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [21 July 2015]

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