Tracking a WW1 soldier

Discussion in 'World War 1' started by Neville Bougourd, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. Neville Bougourd

    Neville Bougourd New Member

    Can anyone tell me if it is possible to track a WW1 soldier from his service number? From his home village, I would have expected him to be Durham Light Infantry. The only photo I have suggests he was a fusilier - the nearest being the Northumberland Fusiliers. His medal card shows him to be Royal Garrison Artillery.

    The soldier in question is Gunner George Berry - service number 99693. Is there any way to tell which is accurate? He would have been about 19 at the start of the war and came from the Chester-le-Street area of County Durham.
  2. Will Belford

    Will Belford New Member

    In Australia I tracked my grandfather's service record down through the National Archives. I started at the War Museum website and went from there. They'd scanned in all his official papers and I was able to track his movements from joining up in Perth to getting shot at Messines and invalided out to England, then de-mobbed in 1918 and returned to Oz.

    I expect the Imperial War Museum in the UK must have something similar.
  3. Neville Bougourd

    Neville Bougourd New Member

    Thanks Will,

    I will certainly give it a try; I hope his was not one of the vast numbers of records destroyed by a German bomb in WW2!

    SPARTYGUSS New Member

    Hi I would like to post this to you, please see this link it could well be connected to your family George Berry medal found by a metal detectorist in Co,Durham.
    Hope it helps its a wild shot but hey it may lead to something. berry

    Best regards Gary.
  5. Neville Bougourd

    Neville Bougourd New Member

    Hello Gary,

    This is amazing - it is NOT the same George Berry, but may have been a relation. I know it is not the same man, because he survived the war.

    However, he may be related and I am in contact with a member of the family, so I will ask.

    You can contact me on if anything else turns up.


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