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 – Ipswich family home: 32, Christchurch Street, Ipswich.

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, 2nd/23rd (County of London) Battalion, ‘C’ Comp, Lewis Gun Section.

Formerly 2762.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Memorial 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 Shopkeeper – 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:

Pocket chessmen, 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 her brother’s medals to her mother.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Charlotte E. Durrant, Bessie E. Barber, Mrs. May L. Lawson, Katherine M. Robinson, and Hilda Barber – sisters.

 

Egyptian Expeditionary Force 2/23rd (County of London) Battalion: 

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