Unfortunately, the First World War broke out, and as early as October 1914, the Germans occupied the Château de Boursault. This occupation of the castle only lasted 8 days.
In a correspondence with the Berry family in Canada, Ms. Berry’s personal assistant wrote: “On arrival, the German soldiers pointed a gun to an employee’s head to show them where the valuables were. […] If they took jewels and tapestries, no one was hurt, and there were only very little damages. They drank the wine, present in quantity in the cellars of the castle. That probably saved the castle because they were too busy drinking to hurt anybody. But perhaps they also did not want to ransack a castle in which the first German Emperor Guillaume 1er had stayed in the 1870s, thinking that their present emperor, Guillaume II, would also want to stay there … “.
George Herbert Berry, a very close nephew of Frank Berry, stayed at the Chateau. He was a member of the Expeditionary Forces of Canada in Lemnos (Greece) during the First World War, then a member of the British Royal Field Artillery in France. He was wounded, and died on October 9, 1917. He is buried in Poperinge, Belgium.
The post-war period was, of course, happier.
Here, with their son Pierre, born in 1911 in Paris, on the domestic donkey in front of Château de Boursault, and with Madame Berry’s personal assistant:
Frank Berry died in May 1923.
The Berry family sold the Château de Boursault in 1927.
Finally, an astonishing comparison before / after of the Château de Boursault living rooms in 1914 and 2017: