Vivian Murry BARBER

BARBER, Vivian Murry

Service Number: 2249
Enlisted: 13 January 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Trooper
Last Unit: 3rd Light Horse Regiment
Born: Lochiel, South Australia, 24 September 1883
Home Town: Lochiel, Wakefield, South Australia
Schooling: Lochiel Public School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Accidental - (thrown from horse), Kantara, Egypt, 1 November 1916, aged 33 years
Cemetery: Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
Plot C, Grave 29. , Kantara War Memorial Cemetery, Suez Canal, Egypt
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Clare WW1 Memorial Arch, Lochiel District Honour Roll, Sevenhill & Penwortham District War Memorial WW1
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World War 1 Service

13 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2249, Adelaide, South Australia
26 Apr 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2249, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1,

embarkation_roll: roll_number: 1 embarkation_place: Adelaide embarkation_ship: HMAT Botanist embarkation_ship_number: A59 public_note:

26 Apr 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2249, 3rd Light Horse Regiment
3 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Trooper, 2249, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, Battle of Romani,

--- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 2249 awm_unit: 3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment awm_rank: Trooper awm_died_date: 1916-11-01

The 3rd Light Horse Regiment - ANZAC Mounted Division

3rd Light Horse Regiment (ANZAC Mounted Division)

The 3rd Light Horse Regiment was raised in Adelaide on 17 August 1914. Although most of its recruits were enlisted in South Australia, one of the regiment’s three squadrons was composed of Tasmanians and was raised and trained in Hobart. The two components sailed from their home ports in late October 1914 and arrived in Egypt in the second week of December. Here, they joined the 1st and 2nd Regiments to form the 1st Light Horse Brigade.

The 1st Light Horse Brigade deployed to Gallipoli without its horses and landed there on 12 May 1915, joining the New Zealand and Australian Division. The 3rd Light Horse played a defensive role throughout the campaign and was in reserve when its sister regiments attacked as part of the August offensive. It left Gallipoli on 14 December 1915.

Back in Egypt, the 3rd Light Horse joined the ANZAC Mounted Division. Between January and May 1916, the regiment was deployed to protect the Nile valley from bands of pro-Turkish Senussi Arabs. On 18 May, as part of its parent brigade, it joined the forces defending the Suez Canal. The 1st Light Horse Brigade played a significant role in turning back the Turkish advance on the canal at the battle of Romani on 4 August.

The ANZAC Mounted Division was formed in Egypt under Major-General Harry Chauvel in March 1916 and given the responsibility of patrolling the dunes area to cover the continued railway construction work as the British pushed on eastwards. Its units were spread between Romani, Hill 70 east of Kantara, and Ballybunion Station. In ensuing days the regiments of the brigade participated in the immediate follow-up of the defeated Turks, but were soon withdrawn to rest.

The 3rd Light Horse rejoined the Allied advance across the Sinai in November and was subsequently involved in the fighting to secure the Turkish outposts on the Palestine frontier - Maghdaba on 23 December 1916.

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Son of William BARBER and Emma nee PLUSH

Commemorated on Panel 3 at the AWM.

He is commemorated with his parents and brother Clarence at Penwortham Methodist Cemetery, S.A.

Described on enlisting as the eldest son of 11 siblings; 32 years 3 months old; 5’ 7 ¾” tall;
medium complexion; brown eyes; brown hair and Methodist.

Next of kin in service:
Brother       #2902 Clarence Barber
b. 20/1/1894, Cameron, SA
d. 21/8/1915, Royal Adelaide Hospital SA
                      – died of meningitis in service

Brother       #2244 Walter BARBER, 3rd Light Horse
13/1/1916    Enlisted in Adelaide with Vivian
26/4/1916    Embarked from Adelaide onboard the HMAT A59 Botanist with Vivian
                    in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment, 16th reinforcements
12/7/1918    returned to Australia
20/11/1972  passed away, buried in Lochiel Public Cemetery, Lochiel, SA

Father  William BARBER
b. 26/4/1853  Hindmarsh, SA
d. 25/7/1925, North Adelaide Hospital, SA  (73 years)

m.        29/1/1978  Mother Emma PLUSH
            Emma   (b.4/3/1855 - d.19/9/1922)
m at     the residence of John Saddington Plush, Angas Park, SA


(1)       Alice BARBER
            b. 22/1/1879, Lochiel, SA
            d. 25/2/1964, Lobethal, SA   (85 years)
m.        26/4/1905  to  Charles Henry THURSTON
m at     William & Emma Barber’s home Lochiel, SA
            Charles d. 10/1/1963, Woodside Hospital, SA (90 years)

(2)       Elsie Mary BARBER
            b. 5/8/1880, Lochiel, SA
            d. 24/10/1968, Prospect, SA  (89 years)
m.        25/4/1917  to  Aloysius AHLE
m at     St Aloysius Church, Sevenhills, SA
            Aloysius d. 29/10/1951, Victor Harbor, SA  (80 years)

(3)       Cora BARBER
            b. 23/7/1882, Lochiel, SA
            d. 4/10/1933 Prospect, SA  (51 years)
m.        2/10/1930  to  Arundel THOMAS
m at     Methodist Parsonage, Alexander Street, Prospect, SA
            Arundel d. 3/6/1942, Prospect, SA  (81 years)

(4)       Vivian Murray BARBER  (service #2249)
b. 24/9/1883, Lochiel, SA
            d. 1/11/1916  Kantara, Egypt (whilst on active service)
            Kantara Military Cemetery, Kantara, Egypt
            Commemorated with Clarence and his parents in Penwortham Methodist Cemetery.

(5)       Otto BARBER
            b. 22/11/1886, Lochiel, SA
            d. 28/12/1964, Lochiel, SA  (78 years) - Lochiel Cemetery
m.        27/2/1913 to Alice May COLES
m at     Methodist Church, Penwortham, SA
            Alice d. 4/8/1957, buried in Lochiel Cemetery

(6)       Myrtle BARBER
            b. 21/4/1887, Lochiel, SA
            d. 1/1/1971
m.        2/3/1911  to  Alfred Ernest PHILLIPS
m at     residence of the bride's parents, Sevenhill, SA
            Alfred d. ___________

(7)       Harry BARBER  (twin to Walter)
            b. 28/6/1889, Cameron, SA
            d. 28/8/1967, Clare, SA  (78 years)
m.        Evelyn Gertrude SLUGGETT.
m at     19/11/1921  Methodist Church, Penworthan, SA
            Evelyn d. 3/7/1958, Clare Hospital, SA (68 years)

(8)       Walter (Jack) BARBER (service #2244) (twin to Harry)
            b. 28/6/1889, Cameron, SA
            d. 20/11/1872, Adelaide Hospital, SA (83 years) - Lochiel Cemetery
m.        28/10/1920  to  Edith Jane COLES.
m at     residence of Mrs William Coles, Penwortham, SA
            Edith d. 1/7/1958, Eastwood Hospital, SA  (77 years) - Lochiel Cemetery

(9)       Malcolm Leslie BARBER
            b. 30/10/1891, Cameron, SA
            d. 17/6/1958, Clare Hospital, SA (66 years)
m.        7/7/1921 to Vida Gertrude GORDON.
m at     Presbyterian Church, Clare, SA
            Vida d. 12/10/1969, Clare Hospital, SA  (77 years)

(10)     Clarence BARBER  (service #2902)
            b. 20/1/1894, Cameron, SA
            d. 21/8/1915, Royal Adelaide Hospital SA
            – died of meningitis in service, buried in Penwortham Methodist Cemetery

(11)     Fanny BARBER
           b. 14/4/1898, Cameron, SA
           d. _________
m.        19/4/1922  to  Arthur Roy CREASY
m at     Presbyterian Church, Clare, SA
            Arthur d. 27/12/1931, Clare Hospital, SA  (46 years)


13/1/1916                Enlisted  in Adelaide
                                as a Private in the E Coy, 2nd depot battalion
16 - 31/1/1916         Base Light Horse, Mitcham SA

1-29/2/1916            16th reinforcements 3rd Light Horse
1 – 15/3/1916          15th reinforcements 3rd Light Horse

26/4/1916                Embarked from Adelaide on the HMAT Botanist A59
                                as a Private in the  3rd Light Horse Regiment

29/5/1916                Taken on strength into 3rd Light Horse Regiment

10/6/1916                Struck off strength 1st Light Horse Training Regiment
                                – having joined 3rd Light Horse Regiment

16/6/1916                Taken on strength from details Romani Rfts, “B” squadron,
                                3rd Light Horse Regiment

4/8/1916                  The ANZAC Mounted Division was formed in Egypt under Major-General
                                Harry Chauvel in March 1916 and given the responsibility of patrolling
                                the dunes area to cover the continued railway construction work as the
                                British pushed on eastwards. Its units were spread between Romani,
                                Hill 70 east of Kantara, and Ballybunion Station.

30/10/1916              Accident – thrown from his horse – ruptured stomach
                                Taken to 26th Casualty Clearing Station,  Kantara, Egypt

1/11/1916                Died from  Shock with haemorrhage  (ruptured stomach)

1/11/1916                BURIED originally at
                                Kantara Military Cemetery,  Grave #40,  Kantara, Suez Canal, Egypt

Later reinterred in:  Kantara War Memorial Cemetery
                                Plot C, Grave 29
                                (El-Qantarah el-Sharqiyya,  Al Isma'iliyah, Egypt)
                                with  Reverend W. McMullen officiating at service, Chaplain of 52nd Division.

(noted at the court proceeding on 1/11/1916)
30/6/1916 at  approximately 4–4.30pm

Captain J.J. Brooks, 3rd Light Horse Regiment, was in charge of a party from the 3rd Light Horse Regiment at the Rifle Range, Kantara East. On the way home from the Rifle Range, they stopped to water the horses at stone troughs at approximately 4.30pm.

On finishing watering the horses, he gave the order to mount.

It was noted within the regiment that Vivian Barber’s horse was unruly. Private #884 H.P. Watson reported that he turned his horse partly round so that incase Barber’s horse did jump, it would have a clear run. Sadly, instead of the horse jumping forward, the horse reared and fell back onto Vivian Barber.

Private H.P. Watson  immediately reported the matter to Captain Brooks

Corporal #271 A Chalmers noted that Vivian Barber’s horse had reared and was in an almost ‘upright’ position.   A few seconds later the horse fell straight back on top of Barber, pinning him to the ground. 

Corporal #247 T.S. Courley  immediately dismounted his horse and ran to Barber to give assistance and sent Private #884 H.P.Watson  to the 26th Casualty Clearing Station for a stretcher.   Courley went with the stretcher bearers who took Barber to the Clearing Station, and then returned to Camp.

Courley also stated to the courts -  that Barber’s horse was a ‘bad one to rear’.


Stated by:  Captain Mark Bates (Medical Officer at 26th Casualty Clearing Station)

“That on Barber’s admittance to the Clearing Station (approx. 4.30pm 30/10/1916),  that he was collapsed and had severe abdominal pain.     At 7.00pm there were signs of severe intra-abdominal bleeding.     Captain Bates decided to open the abdomen to see if this could be stopped,  unfortunately there was much bleeding in the abdominal cavity, and fresh arterial bleeding was taking place, and there was a tear in the stomach --  It was impossible to find the source of the bleeding -- and Barber was too ill to stand a long anaesthetic."

Barber died at 12.30am  1st November 1916.  -  Cause of death -   Shock with haemorrhage.

1/11/1916          Ref.  A.F, A2.29/126/6
A court proceedings was held into Vivian Barber’s death, at Kantara West, by order of Officer Commanding 3rd Light Horse Regiment AIF.

The court considered the evidence and found that Vivian Barber met with an accident which proved fatal at 4.30pm on 30th October 1916.   He died at approximately 12.30am 1st November 1916.

The court also stated the accident occurred whilst on Military Duty and through no fault of Vivian Barber’s.

Signed: President   LA Lewis Major
             Members   C.F. Barnett  Lieutenant
                               L.J. Cowell  Lieutenant

British War Medal (51167);  Victory Medal (50487); Memorial Plaque
and Memorial Scroll (319266).

Vivian Murray BARBER - obituary - Courtesy the Northern Argus newspaper through Clare Regional History Group.

Sourced and collated by Julianne T Ryan  26 May 2014.   Lest we forget.



Mr. and Mrs. W. Barber, of Seven Hills, have been officially notified of the death of their eldest son, Private Vivian M. Barber, who was accidentally killed at Kantara, Egypt, on November 1. He was born on September 24, 1883, at Lochiel, and was 33 years of age. He was a good horseman and a first-class rifle shot. He enlisted on January 17, and sailed from South Australia on April 28. He fought in four battles against the Turks. He had some marvellous escapes, but bravely, played his part. Private Barber was respected by all who knew him. A brother is with the troops in Egypt." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 18 Nov 1916 (