image from 1917 Chronicle newspaper

Known to his friends as ‘BODGER’


Born: 3rd November 1889, 36, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.

Died: On or since death presumed: 18th August 1916; aged 26; KiA.

Reported missing 18th August 1916.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 43305

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

Formerly 980, Suffolk Cycle Regiment.


 Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


Memorial Reference:

Pier & Face 1C & 2A.

Thiepval Memorial,






1891   36, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.

Percy was a year old and living with his parents, siblings, cousin & uncle.

Arthur Hurrell Berry, 37, an Iron Moulder, born Ipswich.

Emma Berry (nee Shimmings), 39, born Shottisham, Suffolk.

Arthur Edgar Berry, 15, born Ipswich.

Frederick George Berry, 11, born Ipswich.

Ada Sarah Berry, 9, born Ipswich.

Charles Henry Berry, 5, born Ipswich.

Edward Shimmings, 37, a widower, a Seaman, born Ipswich.

Grace Florence Shimmings, 11, born Ipswich.


1901   36, Woodhouse Street, Ipswich.


Percy was 11 years old and living with his parents, brothers & cousin.

Arthur, 47, an Iron Moulder.

Emma, 48.

Charles, 13, a Printer – Compositor.

Herbert John Berry, 8, born Ipswich.

Grace Shimmings, 21, a Tailoress.


1911   4, David Street, Ipswich.


Percy was 21 years old, a Thrashing Machine Painter. He was married & Head of the Household.

Laura, 19.

Percy, 10 months.


In 1909, Ipswich, Percy married Laura Lily Ann Hearn, born October, 1891, Coddenham, Suffolk.

They had 4 children:

Percy Frederick Berry, born 1900, Ipswich.

Cyril Herbert Berry, born 1912, Ipswich.

Charles J.F. Berry, born 1915, Ipswich – died 1915, Ipswich.

Lily Violet Berry, born 1916, Ipswich.


Percy is also remembered on The Orwell Works Memorial Ransomes Sims & Jefferies, Ipswich and St. Clement’s Church WW1 War Memorial



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