George Berry

Medals awarded

  • 1939-45 Star
  • 1939-45 War Medal
  • 1939-45 France and Germany Star
  • Legion D’Honneur (France)

George Berry was born in Scarborough in 1925.

Following a short period as a farm labourer, George volunteered for service aged 18 in 1943 and, after basic training in Richmond, joined the 6th Battalion, the Green Howards.

He landed on Gold Beach on D-Day, 6 June 1944. Three days later, during the advance, George received a slight wound to his right thigh and was taken out of action to recover. On returning to duty, and together with other Green Howards, he was seconded to 5th Battalion The Black Watch, fighting through France, Belgium and Holland.

On 30 October 1944 George was wounded again in the right thigh, but this time more seriously and was evacuated to Brussels.

After a period of rehabilitation, he returned to The Black Watch and ended the war in Germany.

Following demobilisation in 1946 George went back to his job as a farm labourer and later joined the Green Howards Territorial Army (TA). He stayed with the TA for six years, serving in Scarborough and Loftus.

In 2014, on the 70th anniversary of D-Day, President Hollande of France announced surviving veterans would receive the Légion D’Honneur in recognition of their contribution to the liberation of France in 1944, George amongst them.

George died on 30 August 2017. His son WO2 Dave ‘Chuck’ Berry also served with the regiment, as did his grandson WO2 Mark ‘Chuck’ Berry.