Barber, Frederick. Died 25th Sep 1915

Frederick’s birth was registered in the third quarter of 1889 in Rugby.

Frederick was the fifth son of Mary Ann (née Wiggin) and Orlando George Barber. In 1891 they lived at 41 Union Street but later moved to 9 Oliver Street. Fred’s father Orlando was a Builders Foreman and he was born in Lamas in Norfolk around 1846 and his parents were Charles Barber and Eleanor Taylor who married in Jun 1842 in Aylsham, Norfolk. Mary Ann and Orlando had 8 children in all.

Fred Barber attended St Matthew’s School Rugby and, suitably with his name, became a barber. In 1911 he was living with his parents, aged 21. Fred’s father Orlando Barber died on 26 June 1913.

Fred enlisted into the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Regimental number 11043 on 4 August 1914. The battalion was formed at Oxford in August 1914 and placed under orders of 42nd Brigade in 14th (Light) Division. Following training, he would have left for France on 20 May 1915. He was fighting in the action to capture Bellevarde Farm, a diversionary action for the Battle of Loos, on 25 September 1915 and was killed in action. (See more about the Battle of Bellevarde Farm and then the Battle of Loos on Rugby Remembers.)

His body was buried close to where he fell and later his body was moved to the New Irish Farm Cemetery.

Fred was awarded the British, Victory and 1915 Star Medals.

Frederick Barber is also remembered on the Rugby War Memorial.




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