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Percy George Archibald BARR

Regimental number3006
Place of birthOxford, England
SchoolArnold College, Petersham, New South Wales
Other trainingCommercial School, Sydney, New South Wales
Age on arrival in Australia6
ReligionBaptist
OccupationCommercial
AddressNortonleigh, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Height5' 8.25"
Weight136 lbs
Next of kinFather, T Barr, Nortonleigh, Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales
Previous military serviceServed in the Senior Cadets (4 years); Sergeant, 34th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces (1 year).
Enlistment date10 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll10 July 1915
Place of enlistmentLiverpool, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A69 Warilda on 8 October 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll54th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19-20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFromelles, France
Date of death19 July 1916
Age at death19
Age at death from cemetery records19
Place of burialRue-Du-Bois Military Cemetery, (Plot I, Row F, Grave No. 43), Fleurbaix, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
158
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Thomas and Beatrice BARR, 146 Wardell Road, Dulwich Hill, New South Wales. Native of Oxford, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Joined 2nd Bn, Tel el Kebir, 5 February 1916.

Transferred to, and joined, 54th Bn, 14 February 1916.

Promoted Corporal, Canal Zone, 31 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 19/20 July 1916.

Statement of evidence given by Corporal W. King in regards to the death of Corporal Barr; now, 16 March 1917, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 19/20 July 1916'.

Translation of German report, 23 October 1919, 'Iden. Disc handed over by Intelligence Officer of 6th Army Head Qrs Staff through Central Office for Deceased Estates, 12/10/16. Australian Soldier P.G. Barr, Iden. Disc 3006, 54 Battalion, fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles, 19/7/16'.

Note, Red Cross File No 250301: 'Copy of Death Voucher. The Australian soldier Barr, P.G. 3006, 54th Battn. fell in the neighbourhood of Fromelles, 19/7/16.'

Statement, 4476 Pte W.J. DEWHIRST, 54th Bn (patient, 26th General Hospital, Etaples), 5 April 1917: 'He was killed on 19th. July at Fromelles. I did not see it but his mate Pte. G. Burgess, told me. A shell exploded near three of them: it killed Barr and Bentley and wounded Burgess (the three came over together). We did not hold the position so he was never buried by us.'

Second statement, 4734 Sergeant W. BARTIER, B Company, 54th Bn (patient, Napsbury Hospital, St Albans, England), 25 May 1917: 'We were attacking and I saw Barr in the German trench dead, we had to retire and were forced to leave our dead in the German trench as we lost the line.'

Note on file: 'The above name appeared in German death list dated 4-11-16.'

Third statement, 4248 Pte W. KING, 54th Bn (patient, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, England), 18 June 1916: 'He was killed in German Trench Fleurbaix on 20th July. I saw him dead.'

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARR Percy George Archibald
Red Cross file 250301

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