Edward BERRY
Rank: Private
Number: 29664
Unit: 9th Battalion CHESHIRE REGIMENT
Date of Death: 4 July 1916
Age: 32
Cemetery: Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France

Edward was the son of Mrs Margaret Berry, 98 Bridgefield Street, Stockport. The 1901 Census records that she was then aged 42 and working as a ring spinner in a cotton mill. Edward was aged 16 and, most unusually for the time, was still at school.

He volunteered for the army at Stockport and his service number indicates this was between August and December 1915. On 1 July 1916, he took part in attack that continued until the 4th. Click here for details. Regimental records indicate that he was fatally wounded, rather than killed outright. However, he has no known grave and is commemorated on the nearby Memorial to the Missing.

It can be speculated from this that Edward was almost certainly wounded on 4 July and died very soon afterwards. If he had survived, he would have been evacuated well away from the front line to surgical facilities at a Casualty Clearing Station. In such circumstances, he would almost certainly have a marked grave. It is probable that he will have been brought to the Regimental Aid Post, just behind where the Cheshires had started their attack. Here he would have been seen by the Battalion’s Medical Officer and, no doubt, died, before he could be further evacuated. He would have been buried nearby. Many of these front-line graves were destroyed by shellfire over the course of the war.

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