The Australian Boer War Memorial
Anzac Parade Canberra

Sergeant Henry Barton

Ancestor Details

Ancestor's Name: Henry George Barton

Ancestor's date of birth: 31/12/1877

Ancestor's date of death: 01/01/1938

Cause of Death: old age

Service and Life Before the Boer War: Butcher

Service Number: 593 (in both contingents)

Colony or State of enlistment: VIC, Place of Enlistment: Beechworth

Unit: 4th Victorian Imperial Bushmen and 5th Victorian Mounted Rifles

Rank attained in Boer War: SGT, Date Effective: 23/05/1900

Highest Rank attained (if served after war): CPL, Date Effective: 06/01/1916 (a private when finally discharged)

Contingent: Fourth and Fifth Victorian

Ship: Victorian, Date of Sailing: 01/05/1900

Memorial details: Harry Barton is on the Memorial in Myrtleford and VMR Memorial Melbourne.

Awards/Decorations/Commendations: QSA with clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State, Transvaal, Rhodesia, King's South Africa Medal with SA 1901 and 1902 clasps. British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Personal Characteristics: Height: 175 cm; weight: 60 kg.

Reasons to go and fight: not sure

Details of service in war: May 1900 - Merch 1901 with 4 VIB in Rhodesia, west Transvaal, Cape Colony including relief of Philipstown (11 February 1901), capture of Boer guns at Read's Drift (23 February), and capture of Boer patrol near Doornkloof (1 March 1901). March 1901 - March 1902 with 5 VMR in east Transvaal and Natal frontier, including defeat at Wilmansrust where 18 killed and 42 wounded (12 June 1901), and successful intervention at Onverwacht (4 January 1902); heaviest casualties of any Australian contingent, at Wilmansrust suffered the costliest defeat.

Service and life after the Boer War: Did not marry. Joined the AIF 6 January 1916. Served in 57 Bn in France. Wounded in action (gassed at Rouen) 31 May 1918, in hospital for 7 months discharged 7 August 1919. Died 1938.

Descendant Details

Name of Descendant: Graeme Keith Abraham, Bright VIC
Relationship to Ancestor: Great Nephew


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