Queen’s South Africa, 6 bars, Belmont, Modder River, Driefontein, Johannesburg, Diamond Hill, Belfast, King’s South Africa, 2 bars, SA 1901, SA 1902, 9832 Private William C. Berry, Coldstream Guards. A scarce pair with 6 “Battle Bars” having seen extensive action in the early part of the war.
QSA officially impressed: “9832 Pte W.C. Berry Coldstm: Gds.” A typical early issue with large style impressed naming.
KSA officialy impressed: “9832 Pte W.C. Berry Coldstream Guards”
William C. Berry was born circa 1872 in Birmingham, Warwickshire.
Prior to enlistment he worked as a Tube Drawer a common occupation in Birmingham.
He first enlisted at the age of 19 years and 5 months locally at Birmingham for the Army.
He attested for service on 8th August 1894.
Coldstream Guards records note that he was transferred to the Army Reserve on 22nd July 1902.
It then notes however that he died of “Coloucious” and 31st July 1902.