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Regimental number250
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAlexander Street, Prospect, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18.11
Height5' 4.5"
Weight122 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Sarah Barber, same address
Previous military serviceServed for 2 years in the Senior Cadets; previously rejected for enlistment in the Citizen Military Forces on account of height.
Enlistment date13 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name43rd Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/60/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A19 Afric on 9 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll43rd Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 31 March 1919

Military Medal

'On the 4th July, 1918, during the attack on HAMEL, when his Platoon Commander and Platoon Sergeant were wounded, Corporal BARBER took charge of the Platoon and showed great initiative under very trying circumstances. On fire being opened on his Platoon by an enemy machine gun, he immediately dashed forward and succeeded in putting the crew out of action with bombs, thus enabling his Platoon to reach their final objective. His courage and gallantry were undoubtedly the means of saving the situation in his vicinity, and he set an excellent example of devotion to duty to the other members of his Platoon.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date30 June 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Wandilla', 30 March 1919; disembarked Adelaide, 15 May 1919; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), 30 June 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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