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Berry, Percy Haycraft

Held appointment as A.H.S. 1914. Served with the R.A.M.C. and Western Frontier Force, Egypt. Drowned trying to save another man

Letter from V, Gendining dated 24/3/1916:- (1 Mildred Ave., Watford, Herts)

Dear Sir,

I have received numerous letters of enquiry from his friends as to how P.H. Berry met his death. The following are a few particulars about the later part of his career which I feel very many of his contemporaries are anxious to hear.

Percy Berry left General Practice to join the R.A.M.C. on May 1st 1915 and shortly afterwards left Aldershot for Alexandria with a draft. He was appointed to the Hospital Ship "Assaye" and was engaged in transporting the wounded from Gallipoli through the summer and autumn. Subsequently he was attached as M.O. to the Berkshire Yeomanry and with them joined the Western Frontier Force of Egypt in the campaign against Senussi. In this he was completely happy and declared that he had at last found the ideal form of warfare.

The official account of his death stated:-

On 10th March at Berrani - seeing a man drowning - plunged off rock into heavy surf with all his clothes on to rescue. Immediately a big wave broke over him and he disappeared. Body found later with large wounds, head, apparently Anti-Mortem.

He was buried 11th March1916 at Berrani. All who knew him will remember how typical the end of the man. Berry was too well known to require any attempt at description in a hospital paper. Guy's Hospital Reports Vol.LXX, War Memorial Number

Biographical

Surname(s)Berry
First name(s)Percy Haycraft
Date of birth1888
Place of birthWatford District
Family detailsSon of Frederick and Alice Haycraft Berry, of Oxford House, Watford
Previous educationMalvern College, King's College, Cambridge
CollegeGuy's Hospital
Dates at collegeSeptember 1910-1913
Dept / courseCambridge M.B.
QualificationsL.R.C.P. M.R.C.S 1913
Military unitRoyal Army Medical Corps, Berkshire Yeomanry
War / conflictWorld War One (1914-1918)
CampaignsGallipoli; Western Frontier Force, Egypt
Date of death10 March 1916
Age at death27
Rank at deathLieutenant
Cause of deathDrowned trying to save another man
Burial placeAlexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery
Commemoration(s)Guy's Hospital Memorial
SourcesGuy's Hospital Medical School Records, King's College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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