Charles Leslie BERRILL

BERRILL, Charles Leslie

Service Number: 1829
Enlisted: 13 March 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Pioneer Battalion
Born: Willowie, South Australia, 11 January 1889
Home Town: Caltowie, Northern Areas, South Australia
Schooling: Booleroo Center State School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 3 December 1916, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Picardie
Plot XI, Row X, Grave 4.
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Caltowie Cemetery Methodist Church WW1 Memorial, Caltowie District WW1 Roll of Honour, Caltowie Soldiers Memorial Hall, Jamestown Caltowie Honour Roll, Port Pirie Oval WW1 Memorial Gates, Willowie Memorial Hall Stained Glass Window 1, Willowie Schools and District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

13 Mar 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1829, Adelaide, South Australia
11 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 1829, 5th Pioneer Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
11 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 1829, 5th Pioneer Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Adelaide


Mr. W.A. Berrill, of Caltowie, has received notice of the death of his eldest son, Pte. C. Leslie Berrill, who was killed in action on December 3 last. The deceased enlisted in March last, and left for the front in April. After remaining in Egypt for five weeks he was drafted to France. He was exceedingly popular with his comrades. Born at Booleroo-Whim on January 11, 1880, he spent his boyhood in the Booleroo district. Later he was for 13 months employed at Woodville; then he farmed near Blyth. Immediately prior to his enlistment he resided at Port Pirie. During his stay at that port he was intimately connected with the Solomontown Methodist Church, and was a member of the Rechabite Lodge. He was a fine type of Australian Manhood, and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He was a fine all-round cricketer, and also followed tennis, of which he was a capable exponent.

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Rootsweb ID I303561 Birth Record 11 Jan 1889 in Willowie, South Australia.

Father William Arthur Berrill and Mother Annie Louisa Berrill, Caltowie, South Australia
(native of Booleroo, South Australia).

Brother:   2791 Private Frank Cecil BERRILL
               10th Battalion
               returned to Australia, 23/5/1917

On enlisting Charles was 27 yrs 11 mths old; 5' 7 1/4" tall; 151 lbs; medium complexion; hazel eyes; dark hair; single; Church of England

13/3/1916      enlisted in Adelaide, SA
                     as a Private with 5th Pioneer Battalion, 2nd Reinforcements

11/4/1916      embarked from Port Adelaide, SA, onboard HMAT A60 Aeneas
15/5/1916      disembarked into Suez, Egypt

21/6/1916      embarked onboard HT Ivernia, from Alexandria to join the
                     British Expeditionary Forces
29/6/1916      disembarked into Marseilles, France

24/8/1916      to active service, Etaples, France

25/8/1916      taken on strength into 5th Pioneer Battalion, in the field

3/12/1916      Killed in Action, in the field, Flers, France

buried:           between Mllers daughter and Lesboeufs, 2 1/2 miles north of Combles

later exhumed
& reburied in:    Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, 4 1/2 miles south of Bapaume, France
                        Plot Xi, Row X, Grave No. 4

Charles' name in honoured on the Australian War Memorial, panel 174.

Commemorated on Caltowie Methodist Church Roll of Honour, now located in Caltowie Cemetery, SA.

Medals:          British War Medal (36090); Victory Medal (35817);
                     Memorial Plaque and Scroll (321560)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  25/4/2016.  Lest we forget.

Thank you to Kaye Bottrall, Jamestown SA for her information.