George BARR

BARR, George

Service Number: 1519
Enlisted: 4 December 1914
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Mobile Veterinary Section
Born: Minmi, New South Wales, Australia, 5 July 1892
Home Town: Minmi, Newcastle, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Steel works accident, Hamilton South,New South Wales, Australia, 18 December 1923, aged 31 years
Cemetery: Sandgate General Cemetery, Newcastle, NSW
Memorials: Minmi St Andrew's Church Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

4 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1519, 2nd Infantry Battalion
11 Feb 1915: Embarked Private, 1519, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Seang Choon, Sydney
11 Feb 1915: Involvement Private, 1519, 2nd Infantry Battalion
8 Oct 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, 1519, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Naval and Military Forces - Special Tropical Corps, ANZAC / Gallipoli, GSW left eye
5 May 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, Australian Veterinary Hospital
10 Oct 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 4th Mobile Veterinary Section
31 Mar 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, 1519, 4th Mobile Veterinary Section, 2nd MD

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Gary Mitchell, Sandgate Cemetery
Served during The Great War, died tragically, now resting at Sandgate Cemetery, not forgotten.

99 years ago today, on the Thursday afternoon of the 20th December 1923, Private George Bar (Jnr), 4th Australian Mobile Veterinary Section (Reg No-1519), miner from Back Creek, Minmi, New South Wales and Martin Street, Hamilton South, N.S.W., was laid to rest at Sandgate Cemetery, age 31. METHODIST 1 (WESLEYAN) H SW. 20.

Born at Minmi, New South Wales on the 5th July 1892 to George and Agnes Barr of Wallsend Road, Minmi, N.S.W.; husband of Ellen Barr nee Dodd (married 1921, Minmi, N.S.W., died 1983, age 90, 60 years a widow, sleeping here), George enlisted on the 4th December 1914 with the 2nd Battalion at Liverpool, N.S.W.

Admitted to hospital 23.6.1915 (corneal ulcer), 5.7.1915 (growth in left eye, slight), 5.10.1915 (foreign body in vitreous chamber), 26.12.1915 (GSW left eye), 5.5.1917 (mumps), 7.11.1917 (conjunctivitis).

George was granted 1915 Leave and arrived home on the 29th January 1919, being discharged medically unfit on the 3rd March 1919.

Mr. Barr’s name has been inscribed on the Minmi Roll of Honour and the Minmi St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour (photo, unveiled on the 9th May 1920, 46 names inscribed, 10 Fallen, whereabouts unknown).

The tragic circumstances of George’s death were reported.

I have placed poppies at George’s gravesite in remembrance of his service and sacrifice for God, King & Country.

Many thanks to Ken Shilling for the notification.

Received all 3 War Medals.

Contact with descendants would be greatly appreciated.

For more detail, see “Forever Remembered “

Lest We Forget.