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Old Boys who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

Second Lieutenant George Herbert (Bert) Berry ’12

Died: October 9, 1917

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Lieut. G. H. Berry was at U.C.C. from 1910-1912. As soon as he has completed his year at Toronto University in the spring of 1915, he joined N0.2 Stationary Hospital, enlisting as a private; in July this unit was sent to the Island of Lemnos and remained there until the following spring. After the evacuation of the Dardanelles the unit was sent to France; in Nov. 1916, Pte. Berry was given a commission in the R.F.A. and trained at the “Lords” in London, where he came out second in a squad of 200. Later at Lark Hill, Salisbury Plain, he again came second. He was sent to France as 2nd Lieut. in June, 1917, and was with D Battery, 315th Army Brigade, R.F.A.; on Oct 6, he received a severe abdominal wound and died on Oct. 9th, 1917. He was buried in a British Soldiers’ Cemetery in West Flanders; he was in his 23rd year.

An Officer of his battery writes: “A few weeks prior his death he was recommended for the Military Cross for bravery under fire, when he put out two burning gun pits and carried two wounded men to safety. He was never the least bit afraid and we have lost an officer who can never be replaced. I have been out here three years now and have seen many men go, but some how they weren’t like Bert. He was a clean manly chap and the Battery seems empty now; the men were all so fond of him because he was such a splendid section officer. Somehow I can’t realize it even yet and even when I stood by the little mound of earth in the cemetery it seemed unreal and that he would grip me by the arm in the old way and say, ‘Well, John, how goes it?’”

College Times (Christmas 1917) pg. 16

More information about Second Lieutenant George Herbert Bert Berry ’12 can be found at:

Upper Canada College Roll of Service 1914-1919

Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Daily Reflections of the Great War – Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Canada At War

Canadian Great War Project

The National Archives (UK)