Born: 1898, Ipswich.

Died: 15th May 1915; age 17; Died of Wounds.

Evening Star – Monday, 7th June 1915 – No. 1888 Private Percy Barr, died of wounds in France on the 15th May 1915. Percy enlisted in March 1914, at the age of 17. He had been a Cadet in the 2nd Norwich Battalion Cadet Unit. Parents reside at 82, New Cut West, Ipswich. Percy has a brother serving with the 4ths, who is a Sergeant of the Machine Gun Section, at present sick in hospital.

E.A.D.T – Saturday, 29th May 1915 – Mrs. Cain, of New Cut West, Ipswich, has received a letter from Captain Eric Landon Brown, that her son, Private Percy Barr, of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, has died from the wounds received in action. Captain Brown says: – “I shall miss him terribly, young as he was, as he always accompanied me when I went scouting, and if I wanted a man to go patrolling he would always volunteer for the job. There was not a pluckier man in the company, nor one more popular with officers and men.”

Residence: 82, New Cut West, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: March 1914.

Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.


Rank: Private; Service Number: 1888.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion.


Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.


The body was exhumed from Vieille Chapelle Old Military Cemetery in September 1920, and identified by a certified report, a cross marking the grave and clothing, before reburial at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery,


Pas de Calais,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of George Henry & Elizabeth Cain, of 82, New Cut West, Ipswich.




1901   ‘Horse & Groom’ Tavern, Woodbridge Road, Ipswich.


Percy was 3 years old and living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Elizabeth Barr (nee Alexander), 32, an Inn Keeper, born Nowgong, India.

Rowland Barr, 7, born Ipswich.

Ella Barr, 6, born Ipswich.

1 barman

1 general domestic servant.


1911   82, New Cut West, Ipswich.


Percy was 13 years old, an Errand Boy – Dairy. He was living with his mother, siblings, stepfather & stepbrothers.

George Cain, 42, a Checker of Ship’s Cargoes, born Walton.

Elizabeth, 42.

George Edward Cain, 17, a Railway Storekeeper Assistant – G.E.Railway, born Ipswich.

James Henry Cain, 13, an Errand Boy – Sail Maker, born Ipswich.

Alexander Barr, 18, a Clerk – Milling Engineer, born Ipswich.

Roland Barr, 17, a Bottling Brewery.

Ella Barr, 16, a Mother’s Help – at home.


Percy’s father was George Barr, born 1856, Shoreditch, Middlesex – died 1900, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Elizabeth Cain – mother.


We present the photographs of five Ipswich young men who are serving or have served their country. They are the sons of Mrs. Cain, of 82, New Cut W., Ipswich, who has been married twice. The eldest of the five, Rowland Barr, is serving with the R.A.M.C., in the Dardanelles, while the others all went to front with the 4th Suffolks in November. Of these, Sergt. Alexander Barr was invalided home, and is now engaged in making munitions; Prvt. Percy Barr was killed in action, Prvt. James Cain is still with the battalion in Flanders and Prvt. George Cain is wounded and at the Depot at Portman Road, Ipswich. Mrs. Cain has received the following letter of congratulation from His Majesty the King, and she now has it framed in her house:-

Privy Purse Office,
Buckingham Palace, S.W.,
6th September 1915.

“Madam, I am commanded by the King to convey to you an expression of His Majestry’s appreciation of the patriotic spirit which has prompted your five sons to give their services to the Army.

The King was much gratified to hear of the manner in which they have so readily responded to the call of their Sovereign and their country, and I am to express to you and to them His Majesty’s congratulations on having contributed in so full a measure to the great cause for which all the people of the British Empire are so bravely fighting.”

I have the honour of,


“Keeper of the Privy Purse”

THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 1/4th Battalion Territorial Force:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements


Friends of The Suffolk Regiment


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