CHARLES WILLIAM BARBER

Born: 1884, Ipswich.

Died: 7th November 1917; age 33; KiA in the field – Syria. Served 3 years & 61 days.

Residence: Home Cottage, Twickenham, London.

Enlistment Details: Location: Clapham Junction, London; date: 8th September 1914; age 30 years & 5 months; Occupation: Artist; Religion: CofE. Signed up for the duration of the war. Next of Kin: Sister – Hilda Nellie Barber, 32, Christchurch Street, Ipswich. Height: 5ft 6 1/2ins.

Date of Entry Therein: 14th March 1915 – France.

Service: Home – 8th September 1914 – 13th March 1915 – Southampton – E.E.F. 14th March 1915 – Havre – Home – 9th March 1916 – 15th January 1917. Brit Salonika Force 16th January 1917 – 14th June 1917. Egyptian Force – 15th June 1917 – 7th November 1817.

Rank: Private; Service Number: 700632; Regiment: London Regiment, 23rd (County of London) Battalion, ‘C’ Comp, Lewis Gun Section.

Formerly 2762.

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

Jerusalem Memorial,

Israel & Palestine (including Gaza).

 

CENSUS

1891   43 & 45, Blanche Street, Ipswich.

Charles was 6 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Charles Barber, 35, an Engine Fitter, born London.

Charlotte Barber (nee Prigg), 30, a Greengrocer – own account, born Ipswich.

Charlotte Elizabeth Barber, 5, born Ipswich.

Bessie E.A. Barber, 3, born Ipswich.

Katherine Mary Barber, 7 months, born Ipswich.

1901   43 & 45, Blanche Street, Ipswich.

Charles was 16 years old, a Fishmonger’s Assistant. He was living with his father & sisters.

Charles, 45, an Iron Fitter.

Charlotte, 15, a Shop keeper – General – own account.

Bessie, 13, a Dressmaker’s Apprentice.

Katherine, 10.

Laura May Barber, 8, born Ipswich.

Hilda Nellie Barber, 5, born Ipswich.

In 1901 Charles’s mother, Charlotte was a patient at the Foxhall Road hospital, Ipswich.

On the 24th June 1918, Charles’s sisters received his personal effects:

Pipe, pair of scissors, fountain pen, wallet, cheque book & photos.

On the 17th September 1918, at 32, Christchurch Street, Charles’s sister, Bessie E. Barber received his medals and a letter to explain that in the event of her mother recovering from her mental illness she must surrender brother’s medals to her mother.

 

Egyptian Expeditionary Force 2/23rd (County of London) Battalion:  http://www.1914-1918.net/palestine.htm

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