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Richard was born in Dudley in 1881, the son of John and Lucy Berryman. By 1891, he was living with his father and sisters Lucy and Dinah at 17 Shakespeare Street, Wolverhampton. He married Louisa Elizabeth Clark in Wolverhampton in 1904, and by 1911 they were living at 39 Victoria Street, together with their 4-year-old daughter, Gwendoline Margaret. Richard was a boot repairer. They had a son, Richard Trevor, born in Wolverhampton in 1915.
Richard does not appear to have served in the Army during the War, although the reason for this is unclear. He does, however, appear as a Special Constable in the Wolverhampton Corporation list, so he did make a significant contribution.
Richard set up what was to become a leading Wolverhampton boot and shoe retailer, Berryman’s Ltd, which at one point had four branches in the town. A Freemason and a member of the Honour Lodge (Wolverhampton), he also became a director and vice-president of the Freeholders Permanent Building Society. He was a member of the Borough Council from 1932, and was later co-opted on to the public assistance committee and the New Cross management committee. His daughter, Gwen, became famous for playing Doris Archer, the matriarch in the BBC radio soap “The Archers”, from the first episode on 1 January 1951 right up until 1980.
Richard died on 16 June 1955 at the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton. By this date his address was The Birches, Goldthorn Hill. The value of his effects was £92351 3s. 9d.