Joseph William Berriman

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Berriman, Private Joseph William no. 1413

13th Battalion 3rd Reinforcements.

Punchbowl Road, Punchbowl.

Railway clerk Born Bristol, England.

Son of William and Agnes Berriman.

Educated Bedminster Board School, also Technical College.

Came to Australia at age 14.

Enlisted at Punchbowl 30/12/1914, aged 18.

Next of kin: mother, Mrs Agnes Berriman, Punchbowl Road, Punchbowl.

Embarked at Sydney on HMAT A49 Seang Choon on 11/2/1915.

Casualty list SMH 29/7/1915.

Killed in action.

Killed in action near the Sphinx 2nd July 1915, aged 18.

Buried Beach Cemetery, Gallipoli II.C.12.

Roll of Honour, St Saviours Church of England, Punchbowl.

Died on service Monument, The Broadway, Punchbowl.

Killed in action.

Australian War Memorial record available at:

AWM File IDRL428 Box 35 Letters re missing servicemen to British Red Cross: Lady Hughes, Norman Court, Southsea, Hampshire:

Writes on behalf of Private W Berriman 3rd Australian Division Motor Transport Company, Ward A9, Milton Military Hospital, Portsmouth (just come from France) terribly worried after the mystery of his son. Chums had written to friends of theirs in Australia saying that they had seen Berriman after 3 July in hospital abroad, and his wife had seen a photo of Joseph William Berriman in a group of men taken at Windsor Lock, in a paper dated 15 August 1917.

Reply from the Red Cross:

He appears to have been confused with Trooper Rupert Berriman no.558 13th Light Horse. J.W. Berriman was 18 years 3 months on 31/ 12/1914. 10 stone, born Bedminster, near Bristol, Somerset. 5ft 7ins, 30½ 32½ chest measurement, complexion medium, eyes and hair brown, Railway booking clerk. He was killed in action 2/7/1915, and buried in Beach Cemetery at the Southern Point of Anzac Cove.

Tele/Mirror 11/11/1993 Berriman, Joseph W. Punchbowl died 2/7/1915.

Anzac Memorial (no. 1413 13th Battalion).

Cemetery transcript has 13th Battalion no.1513.

Special acknowledgement

The primary source of the information on this page is copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from the Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 individuals recorded in the book - the list is titled Canterbury's Boys List. Each name in the list is linked to an editable biographical file created by copying the biography copied from the book. These editable biographies have been created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to add information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002