James Victor BARR


BARR, James Victor

Service Number: 4138
Enlisted: 2 September 1915, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Brisbane, Queensland, 6 June 1897
Home Town: Esk, Somerset, Queensland
Schooling: Esk State School
Occupation: Telephonist
Died: Killed in action, Villers-Bretonneux France, 12 May 1918, aged 20 years
Cemetery: Adelaide Cemetery Villers-Bretonneux
Plot III, Row I, Grave 2
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Postmaster-General's Dept Qld. WWI
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Brisbane, Queensland
3 Jan 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4138, 15th Infantry Battalion
3 Jan 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 4138, 15th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Kyarra, Brisbane
12 May 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 4138, 52nd Infantry Battalion
Date unknown: Involvement 15th Infantry Battalion, Pozières

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Son of John Thomas and Jane Barr of Esk, Queensland

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

"Mrs J. T. Barr of Esk, has received a letter from Lieut. N. Cameron Croker, officer in charge of signals, relative to the death of her son Signaller J. V. Barr who was recently killed in action. The letter states that the late Signaller Barr was doing duty in the line as a signaller, and was doing excellently, when an enemy shell entered the dug out in which he and another man were work-ing. Poor old Victor received a nasty wound in the head, and died before he regained consciousness. His mate was only slightly wounded. I have returned all private effects to the base, and you should receive them in due course."

Corporal R. Verrill, of the same battalion, has also forwarded a letter, in which he states:- "It may comfort you to know that his end was sudden, and that he experienced no pain. A shell burst in the trench he was occupying, and he was badly hit in the head. He was carried to a dressing station where he died upon arrival. Next day he was buried by a Church of England clergyman of Queensland. A substantial cross was erected over the grave. We have lost in him a brave soldier and a good honourable, upright, clean living lad. He was very well liked, and his death is deplored by all who knew him." - from the Brisbane Courier 27 Jul 1918 (nla.gov.au)