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Alec Edward Berry

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Headstone of Squadron Leader Alex Edward Berry (43023). Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-Sur-Mer, France. New Zealand War Graves Trust (FRFC8220). CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Headstone of Squadron Leader Alex Edward Berry (43023). Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-Sur-Mer …

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alec Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Berry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Alex Edward Berry AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 43023 AWMM
    • WWII 37127 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 April 1917 Martyn LiversedgeYorkshire Martyn
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Christchurch AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Parents: Mr & Mrs W. J. Berry, 210 Peterborough Street, Christchurch AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
    Pilot/Military RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)
  • Enlistment
    WW2 20 October 1937 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended Cathedral Grammar School, Christchurch. Son of William James and Clara Berry (nee Senior). Source: Martyn, For Your Tomorrow, Vol. 3, p.88.

    Alex Berry was the son of William James Berry and of Clara Berry (nee Senior), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.

    Joined RAF March 1940

    Squadron Leader Berry's No. 3 Hurricane Squadron was engaged in attacking gun positions at Dieppe harbour, France, when his aircraft was attacked. It burst into flames and crashed on the cliffs. (Thompson p. 349)

    Attended Cathedral Grammar School, Christchurch (Source: RNZAF Biographies (R17845607)) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    19 August 1942 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    DieppeUpper Normandy AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer, Seine Maritime, Normandy, France AWMM J.45 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    A pew inscribed with his name and date of death. Cathedral Grammar school, Christchurch, New Zealand. Public - Sarndra - 28 June 2020 - Press, 6 August 1943; Paperspast portal; National Library of New Zealand; https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/CHP19430806.2.51?items_per_page=100&phrase=2&query=robert+henry+clifford&snippet=true&sort_by=byDA.rev

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ma - McW. Archives New Zealand (R17845613)
    https://collections.archives.govt.nz/en-NZ/web/arena/search#/entity/aims-archive/R17845607
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      vol.3, p.88 AWMM
    • Thompson, H. (1956). New Zealanders with the Royal Air Force (Vols. 1-3). Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939 - 1945 (Bound Volumes) - Ab - B. Archives New Zealand (R17845607) - Former archives reference: AIR118 AWMM
    • Please note that the 12 volumes of the "RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Biographies of Deceased Personnel 1939-1945" held at Archives NZ (formerly known as AIR118) should be used in conjunction with Errol Martyn's "For Your Tomorrow". FYT reflects detailed examination of all of the AIR118 bios which contain many inaccuracies and omissions. AWMM
    • List of RNZAF [Royal New Zealand Air Force] Personnel - List of Deceased New Zealanders (Formerly) serving with RAF [Royal Air Force]. Archives New Zealand, Wellington (R17845760). AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
28 June 2020SarndraAuckland, New ZealandOther
20 July 2017JeniferWairarapaResearcher

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