Percy Cyril BERRIGAN


BERRIGAN, Percy Cyril

Service Number: 2169
Enlisted: 7 September 1915
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: 2nd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: West Maitland, Maitland - New South Wales, Australia, 1894
Home Town: West Maitland, Maitland, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Race Horse Trainer
Died: Meningitis, England, 23 July 1916
Cemetery: Bulford Church Cemetery, Wiltshire, England
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

7 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2169, 7th Light Horse Regiment
11 Mar 1916: Involvement Private, SN 2169, 7th Light Horse Regiment
11 Mar 1916: Embarked Private, SN 2169, 7th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Orsova, Sydney
25 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Gunner, 2nd Field Artillery Brigade

Gnr Percy Cyril COOPER/Berrigan

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 23rd July......Percy Cyril Berrigan was born in 1894 to mother Emily Berrigan (no father listed for Birth Registration).

He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force (A.I.F.) on 7th September, 1915 - under the name of Percy Cyril "Cooper" - stating he was a 22 year old Horse Trainer from Newcastle, NSW.

Private "Cooper" joined 2nd Light Horse Regiment at Tel-el-Kebir on 14th April, 1916. He was transferred to Artillery Details on 25th May, 1916 at Tel-el-Kebir.
Private "Cooper" embarked from Alexandria on H.M.T. Corsican for England on 28th May, 1916. His mother was notified on 25th July, 1916 that her son was dangerously ill.

Gunner Percy Cyril "Cooper" died on 23rd July, 1916 at Lucknow Isolation Hospital, Tidworth, Wiltshire, England from Meningitis. He was buried in Bulford Church Cemetery, Wiltshire where 14 other WW1 Australian Soldiers are buried.
Correspondence dated 27th September, 1920 from Base Records to Headquarters, 2nd Military District states that “Documentary evidence has been received to the effect that the late No. 2169 Gunner Percy Cyril Cooper, 2nd Battery Field Artillery, enlisted under an assumed name, his correct name being Percy Cyril BERRIGAN…….Next of kin is his Mother, Mrs E. M. Berrigan, Young Road, Lambton, via Newcastle, NSW who, still wishes to be addressed as Mrs E. Cooper……..”

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

He served under the alias of Percy Cyril Cooper.