Harold William BARROW


BARROW, Harold William

Service Number: 2108
Enlisted: 2 March 1915
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Crystal Brook, South Australia, 13 September 1885
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Butcher
Died: Killed in Action, Celtic Wood, Belgium, 9 October 1917, aged 32 years
Cemetery: Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial
Plot XXXVIII, Row B, Grave No. 23,
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Mar 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 2108, 10th Infantry Battalion
23 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 2108, 10th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '10' embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Borda embarkation_ship_number: A30 public_note: ''
4 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2108, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
22 Aug 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2108, 10th Infantry Battalion, The August Offensive - Lone Pine, Suvla Bay, Sari Bair, The Nek and Hill 60 - Gallipoli, Evacuated to Hospital
26 May 1916: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 2108, 10th Infantry Battalion, GSW left leg. Armentieres / Fleurbaix sector. Evacuated to the UK
11 Oct 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 32nd Infantry Battalion, Transferred from Etaples depot. 32nd Bn at this time was replacing losses from Fromelles in July.
1 Dec 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 10th Infantry Battalion
9 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 2108, 10th Infantry Battalion, Raid on Celtic Wood

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Biography contributed by Robert Kearney

2108 Private Harold William Barrow a butcher from Adelaide, South Australia, was in the field with D Company. He was wounded at Gallipoli in August 1915, again in France in May 1917 and was admitted to hospital with Trench Feet in January 1917.

He like others killed wounded and missing after the raid on 9 October was recorded on the 13 October Field Return as missing 8 October but a Court of Inquiry convened on 16 May 1918 found he was killed in action on 8 October. (9 October) 

In September 1920, his body was recovered by the Graves Registration Unit forward of the ridge near the raid Forming Up Point. (See Map in images) Because of the order issued to every unit on Broodseinde Ridge warning them to keep their men off the eastern slope, unless Barrow was a raider, he had no reason to be near the FUP. Barrow’s pay book was used as proof of identification and he was exhumed and laid to rest in Tyne Cot Cemetery.

Son of Joseph BARROW and Annie Elizabeth nee BURTON

Wife, Mrs Bridget Barrow, 79 Wright street, Adelaide, South Australia