Private John Berry



John Berry enlisted in the City of London Yeomanry in July 1917.

He was one of 56 men from various English yeomanry regiments who were compulsorily transferred to the Corps of Hussars (at cavalry rates of pay) on 11 or 12 September 1918 – he was issued regimental number 81234.

On 12 September 1918 they embarked at Folkestone for Boulogne, where they were posted to the 1st North Irish Horse (V Corps Cyclist) Regiment. They joined the regiment in the field on or soon after 18 September, and were assigned to A, D and E Squadrons, joining in the fighting during the Advance to Victory offensive in the final weeks of the war.

Berry was transferred to Class Z Army Reserve on 5 March 1919. After the war he joined the police force.

The above image shows PC Berry at Weeton Police Station, near Blackpool, about 1930, wearing his WWI medal ribbons. It was kindly provided by Steve Williams. Another image of Private Berry can be seen here.