Brian Templar (Toby) BARTON


BARTON, Brian Templar

Service Number: 588
Enlisted: 7 December 1914, Holdsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 6th Light Horse Regiment
Born: Wellington, New South Wales, Australia, 12 October 1887
Home Town: Wellington, Wellington, New South Wales
Schooling: King's School, Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Grazier
Died: Killed in Action, NE Jaffa, Palestine, 3 December 1917, aged 30 years
Cemetery: Ramleh War Cemetery, Israel
Ramleh War Cemetery (Row B, Grave No. 43), Palestine
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Wellington Cenotaph
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World War 1 Service

7 Dec 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 588, Holdsworthy, New South Wales
21 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 588, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Suevic, Sydney
21 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 588, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
15 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 588, 6th Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
26 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 588, 6th Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Port Macquarie, Sydney
26 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 588, 6th Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
3 Dec 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, SN 588, 6th Light Horse Regiment

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"...588 Trooper (Tpr) Brian Templar Barton who was born at Wellington, NSW, the son of Charles Hampden Barton and Annie Barton of Nanama, Wellington. He was educated at Kings School, Parramatta, partly trained as a surveyor and spent time as a grazier before enlisting at Wellington on 7 December 1914 to join the 6th Light Horse Regiment. In late 1914, Barton embarked on HMAT Suevic for overseas and served for some time at Gallipoli Peninsula. It was here that he contracted enteric fever and returned to Australia in late December 1915. On recovery from his illness, Barton returned to the Middle East and rejoined his unit, the 6th Light Horse Regiment which was engaged in various operations in Palestine such as Romani, Gaza and Beersheba during the Allied drive northward. In late November 1917, the Allied forces had reached an area east of Jaffa in which there was a prominent position known as Bald Hill, then occupied by Turkish forces. A few days later, C Squadron, 6th Light Horse Regiment, was ordered to capture the objective known as the Ypres Salient adjacent to Bald Hill. An artillery barrage was ordered to cover the advance of the attacking troops and timed to cease before the advance started. In the event, the cessation of the barrage was delayed and Barton and an officer, Lieutenant (Lt) O W Tooth, were already advancing and were killed. This action took place on 3 December 1917. Barton and Lt Tooth are both buried in the Ramleh War Cemetery, Palestine. - SOURCE (


Biography contributed by Evan Evans

From Johan Moors, Footsteps 1914-1918

Trooper Brian Templer Barton (Toby)

6th Australian Light Horse

Son of Charles Hampden Barton (+1912) and Annie Smith, of Nanama, Wellington, New South Wales

Born 12 October 1887 in Wellington and educated at the King's School in North Parramatta (1907-08) where he made 1st XV . 1908 Rugby Honour Cap

The school hands out two sporting awards each year. The Brian Barton Cup for inter-house football , which was presented , by the two brothers of Brian , and the Nanima Barton Cup , a gift from his mother, for the best swimmer of the school.

Trained partly as a surveyor he spent his time as a grazier before joining up.

He enlisted on 7 December 1914 at Holdsworthy and joined the Light Horse. Embarked Troopship ' Suevic' at Sydney on 21 December 1914 and joined the 6th Light Horse in Egypt.

By 15 May 1915 he was on his way to Gallipoli where he , on 29 September 1915 at Anzac Cove , contracted jaundice and enteric fever. After some time at the 21st General Hospital in Alexandria , Egypt he was repatriated to Australia on 13 December 1915.

After full recovery he went back to Egypt and joined the 2nd Light Horse at Tel -el- Kebir on 21 June 1916 but rejoined his old unit a month later. He took part in the operations in Palestine (incl Beersheba).

The Regiment had reached the city of Jaffa in November 1917. They were ordered to attack a heigth called ' Ypres Salient ' next to the heavily fortified Turkish positions on Bald Hill . Prior to the attack an artillery barrage organized.

Barton and another officer were already on the move but the timing of the barrage was delayed killing both men.

He was buried at Ramleh War Cemetery

His brother Nathaniel Dunbar Barton was a 20 year old medical student from Wellington, New South Wales who enlisted in the 7th Light Horse Brigade. Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Barton had been a second lieutenant in the 34th Battalion of the Citizen Military Forces. He departed Sydney aboard HMAT Ajana on 19 December 1914 and arrived in Egypt in early February 1915. The third brother Denis Hampden Barton also enlisted and survived the War .

After joining the fighting at Gallipoli in early May 1915, Barton was promoted to lieutenant. He was wounded in July and returned to Egypt to recuperate. In 1916 and 1917, Barton served with the 7th Light Horse across the Middle East, including the battle of Romani. He was promoted to the rank of major in September 1916. In mid-1918 Barton received a Mention in Despatches for assisting the 5th Light Horse to defend their position on a key hill at Tel-el-Negily.

After returning to Australia Barton completed his studies in medicine and began working in Parkes, New South Wales. Barton also served during the Second World War as a lieutenant colonel with the Medical Corps at Darwin and Moratai, New Guinea. During this time, he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his distinguished service to the war effort in New Guinea. After the war, Nathaniel Barton returned to Australia and settled in Wellington, New South Wales where he established a successful private medical practice. (AWM)

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