Berkley, John Humphrey


He was the only son of Lieutenant Colonel James Berkley, D.S.O. Royal Field Artillery (F, 1876), of Rooksbury Mill, Andover and of Mary Agnes Berkley, nee Hall. He entered Mr. Buckland’s House from Mr. J.H. Copleston’s school at Exmouth. After one term he was withdrawn from Winchester to enter for the scholarship examination at Marlborough, where he obtained the senior scholarship and after five years at Marlborough passed into Sandhurst in 1907.

Commissioned in the 14th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment in February 1909, he spent about two years with the West African Frontier Force (1912-1914), and was promoted Captain and appointed Adjutant of the 10th Battalion West Yorkshires in September 1914. He died on 8th April 1916 of wounds received in action on 6th April.

He was keenly interested in literature, history and political economy and took several prizes in those subjects.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Berkley
  • Forenames or initials: John Humphrey
  • House: F
  • Years in School: 1902
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: West Yorkshire Regiment
  • Date of Birth: 24th July 1889
  • Date of Death: 9th April 1916
  • How Died: Died of wounds
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer C2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: BAILLEUL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, NORD: Grave II.D.59