Announcement of fatality

It is with great sadness that the British Army must announce the death of a soldier from Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment. Private Joseph Berry died of a non-battle injury while deployed on operations in Kabul, Afghanistan on 22 February 2020.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time.

Private Joseph Alexander Berry (21) was born and raised in Crewe, Cheshire, and began training with The Parachute Regiment Training Company at the Infantry Training Centre, Catterick, in September 2017. He was one of few soldiers who completed initial training in one attempt, including P Company.   

In April 2018, Private Berry passed out of training and was posted to Second Battalion, The Parachute Regiment (2 PARA). He served with distinction in A Company from the moment he arrived, for two and a half years. His soldiering skills were widely recognised and he was characterised as an optimistic, capable, and compassionate soldier. He was highly respected, both by his chain-of-command and by his peers. He will be remembered for his passion, determination and selfless attitude.

Private Berry was popular throughout battalion, no doubt because of his fierce resolve to support his fellow soldiers and see them succeed. An impressive career awaited him; he was one of A Company’s strong contenders to attend the Potential Junior Non-Commissioned Officer Cadre, to compete for promotion to Lance Corporal.  

Private Berry deployed to Afghanistan on Operation TORAL 9 in November 2019, within an Advisor Force Protection Company, based out of New Kabul Compound. His role was to deploy to locations throughout Kabul to provide security for a host of advisors. This was his first operational deployment and followed demanding training on exercises across the UK, Kenya and Belize. He fully engaged with sports and adventurous training, spending time in Mexico and learning to ski in the Alps.  

Private Berry was always a force-for-good and had an unwavering aspiration to help those he served alongside and to be the best paratrooper he could be. He will be dearly missed by his family, friends and those he served alongside.