Frank Horton Berryman, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO was an Australian Army officer who served as a general during the Second World War. He directed the military response to the 1949 Australian coal strike. He retired and became the Director General of the Royal Tour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. He was Chief Executive Officer of the. Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales from 1954 to 1961.
About Frank Berryman in brief
Frank Horton Berryman, KCVO, CB, CBE, DSO was an Australian Army officer who served as a general during the Second World War. The son of an engine driver, he entered Duntroon in 1913. His class graduated early after the First World War broke out, and he served on the Western Front with the field artillery. After the war, he spent nearly twenty years as a major. He directed the military response to the 1949 Australian coal strike. He retired and became the Director General of the Royal Tour of Queen Elizabeth II in 1954. He was Chief Executive Officer of the. Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales from 1954 to 1961. Berryman was the eldest of three sons of William Lee Berryman,. a Victorian Railways engine driver,. and his wife, Annie Jane, née Horton. He is buried at the Royal Australian National Cemetery in Melbourne, in front of a portrait of his father. He died of a heart attack at the age of 87. He had a son, Peter, who died in a car crash on the NSW coast in 1998. He has a daughter, Victoria, and a son-in-law, David, who is a former Australian cricket captain. He also has a grandson, Peter Berryman Jr, who served in the Australian Football League and the Australian Defence Force. He served in World War II as a captain and a lieutenant in the First Australian Imperial Force (AIF) Berryman served in Egypt with the 4th Field Artillery Brigade on the transport transport Wiltshire.
In Egypt, he was briefly posted to the 2nd Division Ammunition Column before it was absorbed into the 18th Field artillery Brigade. In January 1941, Berryman became Commander, Royal Artillery, 7th Division, and was promoted to brigadier. He returned to Australia in 1942, becoming Major General, General Staff, of the First Army. In November 1943 he became acting commander of II Corps, which he led in the Battle of Sio. In the final part of the war,. he was Blamey’s representative at General. of the Army Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters and the. Australian Army representative at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. In 1945, he became Deputy Chief of the General Staff under the Commander in Chief, General Sir Thomas BlameY, who brought him up to Port Moresby to simultaneously act as chief of staff of New Guinea Force. In 1946, he commanded Eastern Command. He hoped to become Chief of. the. General Staff but was passed over as he was seen as a ‘Blamey man’ by Prime Minister Ben Chifley. He went on to become the Chief Executive officer of the Australian Agricultural Society. He later served as the Chief of Staff of the RAS until his retirement in 1961. He won the Rix prize for academic excellence and was awarded a CBE for his services to the R.A.S.C. in 1961 and a CBO for his service to the Royal. Agricultural Society in 1962.