John Stanley Harrison Berresford (1899–1918)


Seaforth Highlanders S/25228
7th Battallion

Training Reserve Battallion

Medal Index Card
His Medal Roll Cards shows he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals and had three Regimental Numbers. His name was recorded as Berrisford.

John Stanley Harrison Berresford was born in the fourth quarter of 1899. His parents were John Harrison and Mary Alice Beresford who married in the first quarter of 1900. The Berresford family was recorded under different spellings and even as a totally different name. They were recorded as BERRESFORD, BERESFORD, BERRISFORD and COLLINS.
In 1891 the family are recorded as BERRESFORD. For some unknown reason in 1901 they are named as COLLINS. In 1911 some of the family are BERRISFORD. His army record shows him as John BERRISFORD.

He joined the Seaforth Highlanders, aged sixteen, with his friend Nelson Martin Bollington, who was also sixteen. The had consecutive service numbers. John was only aged seventeen when he was killed. The newspaper report stated that he was aged 19 which reflected the aged he said he was on enlistment,

Derbyshire Courier
3 August 1918
Crich, Lea, & Holloway
News was received by Mrs Ellen Berrisford of the Town End Crich, last weekend that her grandson Private John Harrison Berrisford, Seaforth Highlanders, had been killed in action. The intimation came from his officer Capt G V Stewart, in a letter written 21st July, which stated: – "It is with deepest regret that I have to inform you that your son, Private John Berrisford, was killed in action yesterday evening. He was engaged in the successful advance on Meteren, when he was shot through the head. Death was absolutely instantaneous. Your son was not very long with those, but he had all the qualities of a fine soldier, and his cheerful disposition was a comfort to us all. I am asked by his comrades to convey to you their sympathy in your loss." Private Harrison Berrisford had lived with his grandmother since infancy. He was 19 years of age. He had been in the Army since April last year. Before enlisting he worked at Wingfield Manor Colliery.

John Berresford's uncle Frederick William Berresford is also on the Roll of Honour.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Initials J
Nationality United Kingdom
Rank Private
Regiment/Service Seaforth Highlanders
Service Number S/25228
Unit 7th Bn
Age 17
Date of Death 20/07/1918
Additional Information Son of Mrs. Mary Alice Harrison, of 34, Bleak Hall, East Kirkby, Notts.
Casualty type Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference Panel 9

War graves certificate for John Berrisford

Soldiers' Effects Book
Berresford John; 7th Bn Seaforth Highlanders; Private 25226; killed in action France 20.7.18; War Gratuity £4 10s 0d; grandmother Ellen received £7 7s 1d on 1.3.19; uncle Samuel received £4 10s 0d on 28.2.20


1901: Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Frederick Collins Head 44 Navvy Crich
Ellen Collins wife 45   Holloway
Mary A Harrison daughter 20   Holloway
Lilly E Collins daughter 17 Wool doubler Crich
Saml W. Collins son 11   Crich
Martha Ann Collins daughter 8   Crich
Frederick W Collins son 3   Crich
John W Harrison son in law 22 Wire Drawer Crich
John S Collins grandson 1   Crich
Isaac Coleman lodger 33 Limestone quarryman Crich

RG13 piece 3231 folio 42 page 4

1911: Longway Bank, Whatstandwell

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Ellen Berrisford Head (wdw) 55   Holloway
Samuel Wragg Berrisford son 21 Limestone Quarryman Crich
Martha Ann Berrisford daughter 18 Merino spinner Crich
John Stanley Harrison Berrisford grandson 11   Crich
Dorris Agnes Berrisford daughter 8   Crich

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