Berry, P H
PERCY HAYCROFT BERRY
Remembered with honour Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery: Row B, Grave 151.
On 1 May 1915 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and entered the war in France on 1 June 1915. He served in Gallipoli transporting the wounded on the hospital ship Assaye. He then became attached to the Berkshire Regiment as their medical officer, and with them joined the Western Frontier Force of Egypt in the campaign against Senussi. On 10 March, at Berrani, seeing a man drowning, he plunged off a rock into heavy surf with all his clothes on to rescue him. Immediately a big wave broke over him and he disappeared. His body was later found with large wounds to the head. He was buried 11 March 1916 at Berrani with military honours. He was entitled to the Victory, British War and 1914-15 Star medals, his qualifying date being 1 June 1915, and his next-of-kin was his mother of Watford.
There are articles about Percy in the West Herts and Watford Observer dated 18 March 1916 and 25 March 1916.
Son of Frederick and Alice Haycroft (nee FLOOD) BERRY of Watford.
His parents married 7 April 1884 at St Mary’s, Watford. Frederick died 29 July 1922 in Watford aged 66, and was buried 1 August in Vicarage Road Cemetery, Watford; Alice died 15 March 1933 in Watford aged 74, and was buried 18 March, also in Vicarage Road Cemetery..
Percy was born 1888 in Watford, and baptised 5 November 1888 at St Mary’s, Watford. He was educated at Malvern College, and King’s College, Cambridge. He entered Guy’s Hospital, London, in 1910; qualified L.R.C.P., M.R.C.S. in 1913, and M.B. (Cantab) in 1913. In 1914 he held the appointment of Assistant House Surgeon.
He has an entry in the National Probate Calendar.
On the 1891 Census, aged 2 he lived in Watford, with his parents and two siblings. On the 1901 Census, aged 12 he was a pupil at Gisburne House, Watford. On the 1911 Census, a medical student aged 22 he lived in Watford, with his parents and three siblings.
Unitattached Berkshire Yeomanry
Date of death10/03/1916
Age at death27
Place of death
- 1st S.W. Herts Scout Troop [in St Mary's Parish Church Watford] (4)
- Abbot's Langley Herts War Memorial (17)
- Aldbury Herts War Memorial (1)
- Aldenham Herts War Memorial (located in Letchmore Heath Herts) (8)
- All Saints Church Croxley Green Herts (12)
- All Saints Church Harrow Weald Middx (2)
- All Saints Church Hertford (1)
- All Saints Church King's Langley Herts (1)
- All Saints Church Leavesden Herts (31)
- All Saints Church Witham Essex (3)