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Private Charles Barber

Ancestor Details

Name of Ancestor: Charles Hume Barber

Ancestor's date of birth: 01/01/1864

Ancestor's date of death: 17/08/1945

Cause of Death: Old age

Service Number: 467

Colony or State of enlistment: NSW, Place of Enlistment: Yass

Unit: 1st New South Wales Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: PTE, Date Effective: On enlistment

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): PTE, Date Effective: 03/10/1915

Murray Page: 62

Contingent: Second New South Wales

Ship: Southern Cross, Date of Sailing: 17/01/1900

Memorial details: Roll of Honour, Yass Soldiers' Memorial Hall.

Awards/Decorations: Queen's South Africa Medal with: Orange Free State, Transvaal, Cape Colony and Diamond Hill clasps. 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: A farmer. Height: 170 cm, weight: 63.5 kg (1915). Fair complexion, fair hair, blue eyes.

Reasons to go and fight: Had previous militia service (judgement - based on photo).

Details of service in war: From February 1900 in Free State, Transvaal, and western Cape Colony including charge at Diamond Hill (12 June 1900). Invalided to Australia arriving 17 August1900

Service and life after the Boer War: Farmed at Yass NSW did not marry. Enlisted in the AIF 3 October 1915. Served with the 54 Bn in France, wounded (gun shot to the shoulder) 8 August 1916 and was treated in hospital in England. Returned to the front but surrered pleurisy. Returned to Australia 4 May 1917. Continued to farm in the Yass district.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Angela Lind, Killara NSW
Relationship to Ancestor: Great niece


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