PRIVATE CYRIL BERWICK

No. 4467050 16th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. (The DLI are still remembered as “The Faithful Durhams”)

Cyril Berwick was born in 1910, the son of John and Catherine Berwick, 2 Thornloe Cottage, Montgomery. In the 1911 census his father John is described as a foreman labourer at a coal merchant. He was related to Arthur Waldron (see above) by marriage.

There is no information relating directly to Cyril’s war record, but the DLI fought in North Africa, and at Salerno in Italy.

Before the regiment embarked for North Africa they underwent training at Great Yarmouth, and the timetable shown was one written by a member of the 16th battalion working on signals and which showed how their training was organised in a typical week.

Private Cyril Berwick died on the 17th of June 1941, aged 31, and is buried in the churchyard at St Nicholas's Church, Montgomery. It is likely that he had been injured or become ill while serving, and returned home for treatment but it was not possible to discover any further information relating to his service record.

The family had the following inscription placed on the grave:

Peacefully sleeping Free from pain In God’s own time We’ll meet again