John William BERRY

BERRY, John William

Service Number: 691
Enlisted: 30 January 1917, Place of Enlistment, Rockhampton Queensland.
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 8th Machine Gun Company
Born: Cooktown, Queensland, Australia, 13 May 1890
Home Town: Rockhampton, Rockhampton, Queensland
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia, July 1987, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: North Rockhampton Cemetery, Qld
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World War 1 Service

30 Jan 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 691, 8th Machine Gun Company, Place of Enlistment, Rockhampton Queensland.
21 Jun 1917: Involvement Private, 691, 8th Machine Gun Company, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '21' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Suevic embarkation_ship_number: A29 public_note: ''
21 Jun 1917: Embarked Private, 691, 8th Machine Gun Company, HMAT Suevic, Melbourne

John William Berry

John William BERRY
John was a keen weather forecaster and spent 75 years sending records of rain fall and temperatures to the Bureau of Meteorology.Born on May 13, 1890, he moved to Rockhampton in 1897 and was taught at the Allenstown School.In 1917 John enlisted in the Australian Imperial Forces and served with the 41st Battalion in France. On September 29, 1918, while fighting in France, John was hit by machine gun fire and wounded. He was sent back to England to recover and on March 7, 1919 he returned to Australia and was discharged from the AIF shortly after.John farmed his property and from his land west of Rockhampton he recorded weather for the bureau.On December 1, 1981, he was awarded a certificate of appreciation, a painting and an electronic print-out of his records in recognition of his contribution to the BOM.John lived at his property, Island Holme, for more than 75 years, but the property itself had been in the family for 102 years.The Belmont Road creek crossing, on Belmont Creek north-west of Rockhampton, was maintained for many years by John and his sons and is where the bridge was resurrected with his name.John passed away on July 26, 1987, aged 97. Courtesy of Mapping our Anzacs

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