Our People - Oswald William Berry
Second Lieutenant Oswald William Berry
9th (Reserve) Battalion (53rd Training Reserve Battalion), King's Own Scottish Borderers - 12th Reserve Brigade
Attached to 48th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps at time of death
Died 08/04/1917, age 24
Caberet-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Pas de Calais, France. Ref: XXVII.F.21
Lostock Hall - South Ribble Civic WW1 Memorial
Leyland - Balshaw's C.E. High School WW1 Plaque
Leyland - Church Road Civic War Memorial
Leyland - St.James's C.E. WW1 Cross
Leyland - United Reformed Church WW1 and WW2 Lamp
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Compiled from information received from Roger Berry of Chichester, nephew of the above. Oswald William Berry is the son of Elias Sumner Berry and Margaret Ann, his wife, of 17 Argyle Road, Southport. Oswald went to British Columbia, Canada about 1912 to fruit farm at Wallachen, Salmon Arm, B.C., but returned home shortly after the outbreak of war and joined the K.O.S.B. on 26th Jan. 1915, later transferring to the Royal Flying Corps. He was shot down behind the German lines 8th April 1917 and a letter from the Officer Commanding 48 Squadron , R.F.C., describes the circumstances. Hopes were held initially that he had not been killed but confirmation of his death was received in the Autumn of 1917. He is buried in Plot 27, Row F, Grave 21, in Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, France.
The following is taken from a hand written copy of a letter from the C/O of 48 Squadron to Oswald’s father:-
Dear Mr Berry,
It is with extreme regret that I write on behalf of the whole Squadron to express our sympathy with you in losing your son yesterday during a very successful attack by one of our flying patrols who dispersed a superior number of aeroplanes. He was seen to go down on the German side of the lines. Later his machine was observed on the ground right side up and therefore we hope he is alright.
He was one my best and pluckiest pilots, always keen and anxious to go out and perform his duty in that truly British manner which is the admiration of the world.
Should any further news transpire I’ll write you again and I hope if you should receive any news from any other sources you will let me know, as he was universally liked by men and officers of the Squadron, all of whom would like to have any information.
Vere Bettington, Major O/C 48 Squadron, R.F.C.
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Published 27 April 2017
WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 via Ancestry.co.uk / Commonwealth War Graves Commission / UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919 via Ancestry.co.uk / Original work by William Waring, Leyland Historical Society