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Vernon Henry BARBER

Regimental number968
Place of birthFitzroy, Victoria
SchoolCaulfield and Mordialloe State Schools, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationClerk
AddressField Street, Caulfield, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 7"
Next of kinFather, H.G. Barber, Fiald Street, Caulfield, Victoria
Previous military serviceTotal of 13.8 years service. Joined Junior Cadets at 8 (Colour Sergeant at 14); Victorian Rangers at 15; Senior Cadets at 16 (Lieutenant at 17); Citizen Military Forces at 18 (Lieutenant at 18); AIF at 20 as Lieutenant.
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentColour Sergeant
Unit name5th Battalion, H Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/22/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A3 Orvieto on 21 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollWO (Class II)
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 28 April 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli, Turkey
Date of death28 April 1915
Age at death21
Age at death from cemetery records21
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 24), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
42
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Henry George and Charlotte Mary Barber, "Brooklyn", Field Street, Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Promoted Quartermaster Sergeant, 1 January 1915.

Promoted Company Sergeant Major, 22 February 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force (Gallipoli Campaign), 3 April 1915.

Killed in action, Dardanelles, 28 April 1915.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARBER Vernon Henry

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