Chapman Valley History

Charles Edwin Berry

3417, Private Charles Edwin BERRY
Unit: 16th Battalion, 11th Reinforcements, AIF

Where Born: Blean, Canterbury, Kent, England
School: Blean Elementary School, Canterbury, England
Address: Nabawa, Upper Chapman, Western Australia
Occupation: Farm labourer
Religion: Church of England
Marital Status: Single
Next of Kin: Friend, Jane Wallace/Wallis, Blean, Canterbury, Kent, England
Description: Height 5’ 8¾”; weight 155 lbs; chest 35/38”; fresh complexion; grey eyes; black hair

War Service: Charles enlisted 09 Aug 1915 at Geraldton, WA, aged 29 years. He embarked 01 Nov 1915 per HMAT Benalla from Fremantle, WA. He was taken on strength at  eel-el-Kebir, Egypt, 07 Mar 1916. Charles proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Forces per HT Canada from Alexandria, Egypt 01 Jun 1916 and disembarked at Marseilles, France 09 Jun 1916. On 30 Aug 1916, Charles received a severe gunshot wound to his left foot and was admitted to the 12th General Hospital in Rouen, France. He embarked for England per HS St Andrew and was admitted to the 3rd London General
Hospital in Wandsworth 11 Sep 1916. On 28 Sep 1916, he was transferred to the 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, and by 25 Nov 1916, Charles marched in to Codford, England. 04 Dec 1916 he proceeded to France per Princess Victoria to rejoin his battalion on 22 Dec 1916. 
Killed in Action: 11 Apr 1917 at Bullecourt, France, aged 30 years. Charles has no known grave. The 16th Battalion suffered heavy losses at the First Battle of Bullecourt, when the brigade attacked strong German positions without the promised tank support. Three other soldiers, 6483 Andrew Brunton, 5745 Michael Meginess and 5428 Arthur Sutton, from the Upper Chapman District, also died on this day.
Memorial: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal