BERRY, James Arthur

Rank: 
Private
Unit/Base: 
1 Commando
Police Service: 
Cheshire County Constabulary
Regiment/Corps: 
Cheshire Regiment
Service: 
Army
Number: 
14241649
P.O.W. number: 
18037
Born: 
Saturday, February 16, 1918
Birthplace: 
Manchester
James Arthur Berry 1 Commando
Private James Berry was reported missing 4 March 1943 during operations in North Africa, later found to be a prisoner of war, first in Italy then Germany.
He was a Police Officer who had volunteered for the Commandos as part of the Police Intakes. In 1939 he was Police Constable 256 serving with the Cheshire Constabulary residing at 113 West Street, Crewe. 
Post war he rejoined the Cheshire County Constabulary and completed 30 years service, retiring on 19 February 1969 having attained the rank of Police Inspector.
 
Sources
Casualty Lists / National Archives files WO417/58, WO417/60, WO417/91.
Prisoners of War / National Archives file WO392/1 (Stalag 13C) and WO392/21 (no camp shown).
German Record Cards of British POW's / National Archives file WO416/28/206.
The 1939 Register covering Crewe, Cheshire.
Commando Association Lost Legion List 2 issued March 1973.
Article and image in the Runcorn Weekly News 20 February 1969.
 

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