Ww1 Canadian Soldier Letters Photo Wood From Cross Kia Mm Winner Meaford Ontario For SaleUp for offers is this incredibly emotive group of WW1 era items related to the Berry family from Meaford Ontario. These items are primarily letters, photos and documents to and from a father and two sons. The father is Rev. John Berry whose address is given as "The Rectory" Meaford Ontario. The sons are 339964 Fleetwood Berry Canadian Field Artillery who survived the war and 91138 Erin Danby Berry Canadian Field Artillery who was awarded the Military Medal for Bravery and was killed in action October 8,1916. In this grouping is a small splinter from the first cross placed over his body. The Circumstances of death report for Erin Danby Berry reads as follows "Gunner E.D. Berry was along with the F. O. Officer of his unit on duty in a dugout in the forward area when he met his death. The entrance to the dugout was struck by an enemy shell instantly killing Gunner Berry and severely wounding the officer. Several other officers who were in the dugout at the same time were also killed by the same shell". To describe this collection to you we have divided it into three main groups. Group 1 consists of letters from Erin Danby Berry home to his father and sympathy letters home from his comrades and officers including a description of how his body was retrieved, written shortly after his death. Group 2 consists of handwritten items from Fleetwood Berry, letters home to his father, a list of men in his unit on Armistice Day, a handwritten song/poem about the men in his unit and more. Group 3 deals with official documents and letters between Rev. Berry and the "Department of Militia and Defense" dealing with the estate of his son Erin Danby Berry. There is correspondence dealing with return of personal items, a spelling error on the Memorial Scroll, receipt for the MM, and requests for return of any personal items. Followed by some miscellaneous items all shown in our photos. --- GROUP 1 --- A four page handwritten letter dated July 2,1916 from Erin Danby Berry to his father with content about family, thinking about home, others he knows getting medals and him hoping to get NCO stripes. --- A handwritten letter to "Bee" from Erin Danby Berry dated August 16,1916 with content about home life, asks about "Fleet" and a pigeon coup at the Rectory. --- A three page handwritten letter dated "France Oct. 9th 1916" address to Mr Berry from a comrade in the 22nd Howitzer Battery with content of sympathy for the loss, he was respected by all, recommended for medal and told about it the night before he died. --- A handwritten letter dated "In the Field October 10,1916" to Mr & Mrs Berry from Major McKay Officer Commanding 22nd Canadian Howitzer Battery with content sympathy for the "sad yet glorious death of your gallant son E.D. Berry", two attempts to get bodies of him and others killed by the same shell, to be buried that night in "a well-kept cemetery near St. Albert. --- A clipping with a photo Pte. Erin D. Berry Canadian F.A. killed Oct. 8 with handwritten below photo "Mrs J Berry The Rectory Meaford" --- A small photo of a soldier in uniform that we belief is Erin Danby Berry. --- A small photo of the grave of Erin Danby Berry that shows two crosses on the grave. The photo shows a small plain wooden cross in front of a larger painted wooden cross with the soldier details carved into it. We believe the smaller unpainted cross was the first one to mark his location and that this is the cross that the splinter of wood was taken. --- A folder from the "Director-General of Graves Registration and Enquiries" with a photo of the grave and details of its location. This photo has the second cross only in place. --- A small photo of the grave of Erin Danby Berry in winter with only the second cross present. --- A small piece of wood with an envelope with the hand written note "Fleet This splinter is from the 1st cross on Dan's grave. I carry one Bill 9-9-39". There are indentations in the paper envelope consistent with the piece of wood being inside for a long time. (In the letter from Major McKay he mentions Berry was recommended for a Military Cross. In the letter from his comrade in the field he mentions Berry was recommended for the DCM. Erin Danby Berry was awarded the Military Medal but he didn't live long enough to see it.) --- GROUP 2 --- A handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated Shorncliffe May 17,1917 with content talking about home with instructions for his assigned pay and life in camp easy on YMCA letterhead with envelope. --- A three page letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated September 27, 1917 with content about visiting family in England while on leave. --- A five page handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated November 13,1917 with content of greeting to home, training and upcoming testing with horses also his trip to "Kitchener House for supper and a bath". --- A handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated November 27,1917 with content of Christmas greetings to those at home, he knows father will be busy with Christmas services leading to the quote "Next year I will be home to enjoy them too". --- A four page handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated "France April 28" with content about a coal shortage at home and relates a story of having his gas mask stolen and his trip to get another one. --- A two page handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated France May 15 with content of best wishes to those at home with talk of "Heine" doing some shelling and airplanes seen. --- A three page handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated June 2, 1918 with content dealing with close calls from shells and getting his boots repaired by a man who knew his brother. --- A handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dated June 28,1918 with content about visit to the 22nd battery and quiet on the front. --- A handwritten letter from Fleetwood Berry to his father dater January 8,1919 with content about hoping to be home soon and a description of the preparations underway before leaving England. --- A piece of graph paper listing the members of D/22 Battery 6/Bde CFA dated 11/11/18. --- A two page handwritten poem/song "The Men of Fame" about the signaling bunch. It is not signed but appears to be the writing of Fleetwood Berry. --- A small page with the details of Fleetwood Berry written on it. --- A post card showing the Church of England Meaford Ontario addressed to Fleetwood Berry dated October 23,1918. --- GROUP 3 --- A letter to Rev Berry from the Officer Commanding the 69th Battery CFA dated January 6,1917 with content that he knew his dead son and held him in high regard and that he was soon to be offered a commission. Then addresses the younger son (Fleetwood) whose work is quite satisfactory and has gone on a signal course. --- A very old copy of the Circumstances of death report for Erin Danby Berry. --- A letter to Rev Berry from the Department of Militia and Defense Ottawa dated July 5,1917 with content with Erin Danby Berry and the return of personal effects and that the MM had been awarded and would be forwarded to him. --- A registered letter to Rev Berry from Overseas Military Force of Canada dated July 20,1917 with content regarding this letter accompanying the MM and to sign and return a receipt form. --- A letter to Rev Berry from the Department of Militia and Defense dated July 26,1917 answering a letter indicated that still no personal effects have been located. --- A letter to Rev Berry dated September 13,1917 telling him that questions about the estate of Erin Danby Berry to be forwarded to Ottawa. --- A letter to Rev Berry from the Treasury Department City of Toronto dated September 7,1917 with content of sympathy for loss of son and will investigate any insurance. --- A letter to Rev Berry from Militia and Defense dated September 26,1917 with content describing the the deceased soldier had not completed a will and his estate would be distributed according to the law. --- A letter to Rev Berry from Militia and Defense dated October 23,1917 with content advising that the estate of Erin Danby Berry settlement is $64.92 and no personal effects recovered. --- A letter to Rev Berry from Militia and Defense dated April 29,1921 with content dealing with a spelling error on the Memorial Scroll for Erin Danby Berry. --- A letter to Rev Berry from Militia and Defense dated March 22,1921 with content asking for the return of the scroll for correction and discussion about permanent grave marker. --- An old photo (torn in half) of a stained grass window with the KIA details of Erin Danby Berry on the bottom. --- Two cards that came with Memorial Cross. --- Two Belgian Francs. --- A small photo of and unidentified female. --- An unsigned Inspectors Report that includes personal information dealing with insurance for Erin Danby Berry. --- Finally a few misc. items that are shown in the first few photos including some envelopes that could be matched to letters.All items listed and appearing in our photos are included in the sale. For the winning buyer, there is much research that can be done to complete and preserve the story of this family. It is quite possible that the citation for Erin Danby Berry's MM can be located. I have seen a few complete early wooden crosses in both private collections and in museums. They always have a story with them that reminds us of how real the ultimate sacrifice was and is. I've had this grouping for a few years and do not have any other items belonging to these men. Please check these photos for exact shape and condition. We will only ship this to Canada and the United States with a tracking number. Shipping on this item will be $ 14.00US to anywhere in Canada and $16.00US to any location in the US. If you have any questions please e-mail us and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thanks for looking.
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