The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private F W Barber


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Private Frederick William BARBER, L/10735, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly 5466. 12th Lancers), killed in action, France and Flanders, death assumed on or after, 22nd July 1916, age 21.

Born Deptford, Kent, son of James William & Ellen Barber, of 60 Baildon Street, Deptford / 35, Stanley St., Deptford, London. Brother George Barber serving in 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.

Enlisted New Cross, Kent, age 17, height 5ft 4 inches, weight 130lbs. Formerly hawker.

Home 19th May 1914 to 30th August 1915; BEF 31st August 1915 to 22nd July 1916.

13th November 1913, enlisted in Royal West Kent Regiment, 3rd Battalion, Special Reserve, 8881; 19th May 1914 to Regular Army, 12th Lancers, 5466; 19th May 1914, posted 12th Lancers, Eastern Cavalry Depot; 20th June 1914 to 25th June 1914, Woolwich Hospital, dyspepsia;

29th June 1914, Woolwich, absent from 10.00pm until 7.40am, 30th June, admonished & forfeits 1 days pay; 6th April 1915, Dublin, man asked for transfer as he is not likely to become an efficient cavalryman, supported by Medical Officer; 12th April 1915, Woolwich, transferred to Royal West Kent Regiment, Depot; 21st April 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st May 1915, Chatham, absent from 9.30pm until surrendering himself to the Civil Police at Blackheath Road, Greenwich11.20pm 12th inst. 7 days confined to Barracks, forfeits12 days pay; 4th June 1915, Chatham, improper remark to an NCO, 14 days confined to Barracks; 24th June 1915, Chatham, absent from 12 noon until 5.00pm 27th inst & absent from morning parade 28th, 7days confined to Barracks, forfeits 4 days pay; 11th August 1915, Chatham, overstaying his 4 pay pass until 12.15pm on 12th, 10 days Field Punishment No.2. forfeits 1 days pay; 31st August 1915, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 1st September 1915, landed at 5 Infantry Base Depot; 8th September 1915, joined Battalion, "C" Company; 26th January 1916, 15 Field Ambulance, diarrhea; 30th January 1916, rejoined Battalion, "C" Company; 13th March 1916, 14 Field Ambulance, diarrhea; 13th March 1916 to 19 Casualty Clearing Station; 17th March 1916, 16 General Hospital, NYD; 23rd March 1916, 5 Infantry Base Depot; 22nd July 1916, posted missing.

10th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, James William Barber; Mother, nil; Brother, George Barber, age 30, 17 Vanguard Street, Deptford; Sisters - Margaret Barber, age 18, 35, Stanley St., Deptford; Elizabeth Fletcher, age 32, 35 Douglas Street, Deptford; Annie Solomon, age 36, 35, Stanley St., Deptford.

Buried at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, IX.F.40., Somme, France.


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