Thursday 24 January 2013

Private Frank Barber

Born on 5 November 1888 in Norwich, England - brother of Sarrah Harvey, Kakakm[?], England - attestation form notes trade as engineer, single, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, chest of 38.5 inches.

Joined the 59th Canadian Infantry Battalion - transferred to the 38th Battalion on 23 April 1915 (number 410014) - served with the battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - struck off the strength of the battalion on 21 August 1916 - rejoined the battalion on 5 or 6 October 1916 - reported missing in action on 18 November 1916 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Barber's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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