Memorable Manitobans: Edward George Berry (1879-1961)
Born at Whitestaunton, Somerset, England on 10 May 1879, he served in India with British Imperial forces (1897-1898) and, during the South African War, he was a non-commissioned officer with the 18th Hussars. He then spent six years as a member of the London Metropolitan police force. In 1910, he came to Canada and became a policeman at Winnipeg, serving for four years. He was a detective and was put in charge of police regulation of pawn shops. In October 1912, he succeeded Watson Hartford Boyd as the Chief of Brandon Police. and served until becoming head of the Regina police in 1914.
He and wife Elizabeth Emma Foracre (1878-1960) had no children. In 1916, he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and went overseas with the 78th Battalion. After his military discharge, he returned to Canada and was chief constable of a town in northwestern Ontario. He and his wife moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in the 1930s.
He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 11 February 1961.
“Sergeant Berry becomes Chief of Brandon Police,” Winnipeg Telegram, 24 October 1912. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B5]
Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.
Death registrations [Elizabeth Emma Berry, Edward George Berry], British Columbia Vital Statistics.
“Former Brandon Police Chief dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 February 1961.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 December 2022