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William BARBER

Regimental number346
Place of birthGoolwa, South Australia
SchoolPublic School, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationLabourer
AddressWilliam Barber, c/- G Green, Park Street, Magill, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 5"
Weight145 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Barber, c/- G Green, Park Street, Magill, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll28 July 1915
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A2 Geelong on 18 November 1915
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from
The 32nd Bn (Headquarters, Signallers, A, B, C, and D Companies) embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on two ships, HMAT A2 'Geelong', on 18 November 1915, and HMAT A13 'Katuna', on 24 November 1915. The Embarkation Roll does not distinguish between these ships, and it is therefore not possible from the Embarkation Roll to ascertain on which ship an individual embarked.
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Age at death47
Age at death from cemetery records47
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 4), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
119
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Elizabeth BARBER.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 2123A Pte John Ross BARBER, 48th Bn, killed in action, Bullecourt, France, 11 April 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 18 November 1915; disembarked Suez, 18 December 1915.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 17 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

'German list received by Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, Australian Branch, British Red Cross Society', 4 November 1916, show that 'identification marks found on the Prisoner of War are inspected by the General War Bureau and shown in the lists as under:- DEAD'

'Identification disc received from Germany', 13 March 1917. 'No particulars afforded except that soldier is deceased. To be reported KILLED IN ACTION, 20/7/16' on the authority of Assistant Adjutant General, ANZAC Section, War Office.

A translated extract from the 'Final German Death List A' and supplied by the Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, 18 October 1920, states, 'Barber, W. 346 A.Co. 32. Fell 19.7.16 near Fromelles'.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARBER William
Red Cross file 220902

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