Born: 26th May 1882, Ipswich.

Died: 22nd September 1914; age 32; KiA with submarine in North Sea.

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: 205320

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’.


Memorial Reference:


Chatham Naval Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of Mrs E. Barber, of 70, Cavendish Street, Ipswich.



1891   Ridge Cottage, Rose Hill Road, Ipswich.

Alfred was 8 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

James Barber, 49, a Carpenter & Builder – own account, born Albion Street, Ipswich.

Francis Anna Barber (nee Faiers), 46, born Ipswich.

Henry Barber, 23, a Gardener – Domestic, born Ipswich.

Elizabeth Barber, 18, a Dressmaker, born Ipswich.

Francis Barber, 13, born Ipswich.

Charles Herbert Barber, 10, born Ipswich.

Christine Caroline Barber, 6, born Ipswich.

Frederick James Barber, 3, born Ipswich.

Philip Augustus Barber, 7 months, born Ipswich.

1901   Chatham Dockyard, Kent.

Alfred was 18 years old, an Ordinary Seaman on board the Royal Navy’s ‘Pembroke I’

1911   Stangate Creek, Sheerness, Kent.

Alfred was 28 years old, married, and an Able Seaman on board the Royal Navy’s Torpedo Boat No9.

In 1910, Ipswich, Alfred married Elizabeth West.

Alfred’s mother Francis Barber died November 1907, at 89, Rosehill Road, Ipswich.

22nd September 1914
The three ships Cressy Abourkir and the Hogue were on patrol without an escort seeking shelter from bad weather off Ostend steaming 2,000 yards apart at 10 nots. German U-boat U-9 commanded by Kapitanleutnant Otto Weddigen spotted the ships and lined up for an attack U-9 fired one torpedo at 06:20 at Aboukir which struck her on the starboard side. She began listing and capsized around 06:55,
Hogue was struck by two torpedoes around 06:55 and capsized ten minutes after being torpedoed and sank at 07:15. HMS Cressy had spotted U-9 attempted to ram the submarine.U-9 fired two torpedoes from its stern tubes on making an escape from Cressy, but only one hit. U-9 had to manoeuvre to bring her bow around with her last torpedo and fired it at a range of about 550 yards at 07:30. The torpedo struck on the port side and ruptured several boilers, scalding to death the men in the compartment. HMS Cressy took on a heavy list and then capsized, sinking at 07:55. At 08:30 Small fishing craft Dutch and British trawlers picked up survivors 837 men were rescued and 62 officers. From the three ships it is estimated 1,397 enlisted men were lost, 560 of those lost were from HMS Cressy.
Ipswich men lost:

Robert Abbott
H.M.S Cressy
Able Seaman age 29
Alfred Edward Barber
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Charles Valentine Garrod
H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’
Able Seaman age 32
Reuben John Sewell
H.M.S. ‘Hogue’
Petty Officer age 30
Charles Alfred Larking
H.M.S. ‘Cressy’
Able Seaman age 33

H.M.S. ‘Aboukir’:   


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