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John Waldwyn Berry

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Waldwyn AWMM
  • Surname
    Berry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 70335 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    2 July 1920 AWMM InvercargillSouthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 22 Newcombe Crescent, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 22 Newcombe Crescent, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr W.H. Berry (father), PO Box 23, Milton, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mr W.H. Berry (father), PO Box 23, Milton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2
      Sangro River, Italy AWMM
      21 November 1943 AWMM
      At 8:00 am on 21 November 1943, Corporal Berry and two others crossed the Sangro River. Arriving on the further bank, Berry left his men behind and went on alone to the foot of a cliff. He left his gun and then, apparently, climbed the cliff unarmed. He did not return, and nothing more was heard of him until months later when his grave was discovered near Chieti, Italy. AWMM
    • WW2
      Italy, Europe AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed or died while a Prisoner of War, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died while Prisoner of War AWMM

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of William Henry and Ruby Fendall Berry, of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand.

    Member of the New Zealand Alpine Club. Educated at Southland Boys' High School, where he was the senior athletic champion, and a record-holder in the Secondary Schools' Championships.

    Assumed captured on 21 November 1943

    The Sangro River War Cemetery contains the graves of a number of escaped prisoners of war who died while trying to reach the Allied lines. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    21 November 1943 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    ChietiItaly AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    IX. B. 26., Sangro River War Cemetery, Italy AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 8 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1942 to 30th June, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 8: WW2 5 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 12: WW2 15 AWMM
    • New Zealand Alpine journal AWMM
      The New Zealand Alpine Journal, Vol.X, No.31, June 1944 AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      Burdon, R. (1959). p.201 AWMM
    • Research on Second World War service in the Cook Islands kindly provided by Barry O’Sullivan. AWMM
    • Burdon, R. (1959). 24 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM

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