Remembering the former Wisley students who died serving their country during the First World War, on the hundredth anniversary of their deaths
Arthur Hunter Berg
(1894 -1915) was a student at Wisley 1911-1913. He was known by all for his ‘kindly disposition and loveable manner and the part he took in making Wisley things go’. As soon as war broke out he joined the Royal Naval Division and was attached to HMS Benbow.
Able Seaman Berg was rated A B Higher Grade on the 6th May 1915, he transferred to the Nelson Battalion on the 12th June and was sent to the Dardanelles. He was one of the 91 men in his battalion to be killed in action on 13 July 1915 during an attack at Achi Baba Nullah, Helles.
An account of his death recalled by a friend described how Arthur was taking cover when a wounded colleague shouted for water, he raised himself up to share his water with his comrade and was shot, dying instantly. ‘He like all who have joined offered his best for his country and did not hesitate to enter the gravest peril for another’. He is commemorated on the Helles Memorial at Canakkale
, Gallipoli and on the Roll of Honour at Shrewsbury House School
in Surbiton. Arthur Hunter Berg was awarded the Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1914/15 Star.
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For information on searching for a lost relative visit the Imperial War Museum website, or the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website to search for First World War graves.