Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of the Bridgnorth area who died during the two World Wars.
George Henry Sherry was baptised at St Leonards, Bridgnorth on 12th October, 1885. He was the son of George Sherry, a labourer, and his wife, Ellen. They lived on Cartway.
After leaving school, George worked for Bridgnorth Corporation as a labourer. In 1911 he was living as a boarder in St Mary Street.
George served with 7th Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He was killed in action on 13th November, 1916 – the first day of the Battle of the Ancre (the last phase of the Battle of the Somme). He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
Private Sherry, 22252, was awarded the Victory and British medals. His death was reported in the Bridgnorth Journal on 16th December, 1916. He was the older brother of Pioneer Walter Sherry who is also remembered on the Bridgnorth War Memorial.
KILLED AND MISSING [Bridgnorth Journal 16th December, 1916] Mr. G. Sherry, 48 Cartway, Bridgnorth, has received a communication from the War Office notifying the death of his son, 22252 Private George Henry Sherry, 7th K.S.L.I., machine gun section, who was at first reported “missing” after an engagement on November 13th. It was afterwards ascertained that he had been killed in action, and in conveying the sad news in a letter, Lieut. E. Robinson, 7th K.S.L.I., expressed the sincere sympathy of the officers, N.C.O’s, and men. Private G. H. Sherry was 33 years of age, and had been in the employ of the Bridgnorth Corporation since a boy and up to the time of joining the Army. He was also for about five years a member of the local Fire Brigade. His brother, Pte. Walter Sherry, died of wounds about a year ago whilst another brother, Pte. John Sherry, was wounded in the Spring of this year, but recovered and is now on duty again.
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