G.VI.R., with second award bar (7910750 Sjt.H.F.Berry. 11-H.). Good very fine. (1)
M.M. London Gazette 21.6.1945.
This NCO is a Tp Ldr in the Regt. The rapid entry into Dongen in November was entirely due to this NCO's offensive reconnaissance. The following day he was ordered to patrol North towards Gertruidenberg to find out if the bridge was intact. The approach was a straight road with no cover. His Tp got within 400 yds before the enemy opened fire with A Tk guns from concealed posns. Sgt Berry cleverly extricated his Tp with no casualties. The following day he was again ordered to report on this bridge. It was very foggy but Sgt Berry once again closed up to the bridge and found the enemy still in position. He remained in close contact under heavy fire, directing arty fire until the enemy was forced to withdraw. During the period under review the Regt has been constantly in the Line, and Sgt Berry has set a standard in Tp Leadership beyond all praise. His devotion to duty, entire disregard for his own personal safety and constant cheerfulness are a very great example to all men under his command. I recommend this NCO be awarded the Military Medal.
Bar to the M.M. London Gazette 21.6.1945.
On 8 Apl 45 Sgt Berry was commanding a Tp of Armd Cars advancing towards Bassum from the East . He had been warned that the town was strongly held by the enemy. On the way he was held up by mines and a road block which was under enemy observation . The mines were of a type unknown to himself or to any of his Tp. However without hesitating, Sjt Berry removed the mines and continued to push on. The road block was removed under enemy shelling. By his initiative and dash Sjt Berry had by now got his Tp to the outskirts of Bassum. Although he knew that the town was stongly held Sjt Berry went straight in and engaged the enemy in the streets and houses inflicting at least 10 casualties. His own car was then hit by a bazooka and he himself was wounded. Before extricating his Tp., which was done successfully, Sjt Berry reported acccurately to his Sqn Ldr on the enemy dispositions in the town. This undoubtedly assisted the capture of the town later on. Before withdrawing from the town and allowing himself to be evacuated Sjt Berry captured 22 prisoners. During the whole action Sjt Berry showed the Highest courage and initiative.
The lot comes with Buckingham Palace slip for the M.M. and a newspaper article from the West Herts and Watford Observer from Friday July 6th 1945. He originally came from Bushey.
A total of 28 Military Medals were awarded to the 11th Hussars in WW2, and only 2 first bars.
A total of 164 first bars were awarded in WW2, of these there were only 26 to Cavalry and Yeomanry Regiments.