Between the Wars


ERNEST VICTOR BERRY


Ernest Victor Berry, son of George Henry ‘Harry’ Berry and Ann, nee Brown, of No 17, The Green, Norton.   Attested as No 387508, in the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards, at Bristol on 26 April 1921.  At the time of his enlistment was aged 18 years and 324 days.  Had been employed as a farm labourer at Norton.  He appears to have been discharged at Canterbury on 24 April 1929 and became non-effective, having completed his time in the reserve, on 25 April 1933.  Ernest’s parents were originally from Arlingham but were living at Norton by 1911.  Whilst Ernest was in the army both of his parents died, mother Ann in November 1924 and father Harry in 1928.  At the time of his death his father’s address was recorded as 95 Great Western Road, Gloucester.  Mother Ann was buried at Norton but Harry doesn’t seem to have been.  There had been a ‘Berry’ family at Norton many years prior to this as recorded in the Parish Registers with the baptism of Edwin, son of Thomas and Susanna Berry on 28 September 1828.


LESLIE THOMAS COLLINS

Leslie Thomas Collins.  Attested as No 315813, for 6 years’ service with 6 years’ reserve, at Bristol on 22 March 1926.  At the time of his enlistment he was aged 19 years and 1 month.  He had been employed as a farm labourer at Norton.  Transferred to the reserve on 21 March 1932 and completed reserve service on 21 March 1938.


CYRIL ARTHUR MILLS

Cyril Arthur Mills.  Attested into 5th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment, as No 5178289, at Bristol, on 22 March 1926.  At the time of his enlistment he was aged 19 years and 5 months.  He had previously been employed as a gardener at Norton.  He appears to have been discharged on 16 July 1929 at Canterbury and completed all liability for reserve service on 21 March 1938.

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