Arthur Charles Barber

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Arthur Charles Barber
Personal Information
Date of Birth Not known 1894
Place of Birth Canning Mills, Western Australia
Death 20 October 1975, aged 81
Place of Death Adelaide, South Australia
Age at Enlistment 24 years, 6 months
Description 5'3½" (1.61m) tall ; 129 lbs
58.513 kg
; dark complexion ; grey eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Horse driver
Religion Catholic
Address Unknown
Next of Kin Wife , Mrs Constance Phoebe Barber
Military Information
Reg Number 3079
Date of Enlistment 19 June 1916
Rank Driver
Unit/Formation 5th Pioneer Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
Date of Embarkation 9 November 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A8 Argyllshire
Date of Return 21 June 1919 ‒ 3 August 1919
Ship Returned On SS Königin Luise
Fate Wounded in Action 16 May 1918
Returned to Australia
Monument None at present
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Electoral Roll entry - 1916 26 Collie street, Fremantle, horse driver.

Arthur married Constance Phoebe Law in Fremantle during 1912. His first son Patrick died on day of his birth in 1912, while the second, George Samuel was born 2 Nov 1913. A daughter Amy Johanna followed in 1916. She died tragically on 23 May 1917.

War Service

A month after entering Blackboy Hill camp, Arthur was allocated to the 4th reinforcement draft for the 44th Battalion. With two further months training he was transferred to the 7th reinforcement draft for the 5th Pioneer Battalion, then training in the Belmont camp.

Arthur travelled to England with the Pioneer reinforcements, and spent 2 months in camp at Perham Downs preparing for France.

On 28 Mar 1917 he proceeded overseas from Folkestone, and was for a time retained at the 5th Division's base depot until called forward on 30 May 1917 to join the 5th Pioneer Battalion in the field at Vaulx-Vraucourt. He remained with the unit until he was wounded in action (gassed) on 16 May 1918, although he did have a period of unauthorised leave between 2:00pm on 17 Jan 1918 and 3:30pm the same day when he was apprehended by Military Police. The 90 minute absence was to cost him 7 days Field Punishment No.2.

Hospitalised in the 41st Stationary Hospital at Pont Remy the day after he was wounded at Bussy-les-Daours, he was released back to duty on 29 May 1918. Granted UK leave from 21 Jul 1918 until 6 Aug 1918, before being AWOL a second time, from 7:00pm on 9 Oct 1918 until 9:00am the next day. This unauthorised leave was rewarded with another 7 days Field Punishment, and the forfeiture of a day's pay.

Arthur remained in France until 14 Apr 1919 when he began the return journey via England. In the interim he was appointed as a Driver on 21 Jan 1919, and another lot of furlough meant he was absent from his unit from 9 Feb until 29 Feb 1919.

Discharged by 5th Military District on 10 Sep 1919.

Post War

Constance died on 3 Mar 1935 at Jardee, via Bridgetown. Mona Constance was born 18 Nov 1920 in Manjimup, and Betty Joyce in 4 Feb 1926. Betty died aged 4 in 1930. A son, Robert Harold was born 10 Sep 1933.

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 Marrinup, labourer; 1931 - 1940 Palgarup, teamster. married a second time in SA during 1940??


While Arthur's enlistment papers show him to be Church of England both he and Constance are buried as Catholics.

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