Irvine Julius BARTON MC

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BARTON, Irvine Julius

Service Number: 129
Enlisted: 2 September 1914, Brisbane, Queensland
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 52nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Ipswich, Queensland, 4 January 1895
Home Town: Enoggera, Brisbane, Queensland
Schooling: Brisbane Normal Boys School
Occupation: Farmer/Selector
Died: Died of wounds, France, 5 April 1918, aged 23 years
Cemetery: Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension
Plot VIII Row F Grave 18
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

2 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 129, Brisbane, Queensland
24 Sep 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 129, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
24 Sep 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 129, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, HMAT Star of England, Brisbane
9 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 129, 2nd Light Horse Regiment, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
20 Aug 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Sergeant, 2nd Light Horse Regiment
22 Jan 1917: Transferred AIF WW1, Sergeant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
8 Feb 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
1 Jul 1917: Promoted AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 52nd Infantry Battalion
10 Mar 1918: Honoured Military Cross, While serving with the 2nd Australian Light Horse, 52nd Infantry Battalion he was awarded a Military Cross for an action on 6th March 1918 for: "Exceptional gallantry and devotion to duty. When as one of a reconnoitring patrol he was lying concealed well within the enemy outpost line, by the light of a hostile fare he saw eight of the enemy approaching. He allowed them to come within a few feet of his positioned and then summoned them to surrender. Revolver fire was opened upon them and a bomb thrown, resulting in four of the enemy being badly wounded. He displayed coolness, dash and military judgement of he highest order."
5 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 52nd Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Irvine Julius BARTON was born on 4th January, 1895 in Ipswich, Queensland

His parents were Leslie George BARTON and Alice Eleanor CRAIN who married in Queensland in 1893

He had previous service in the Cadets before he enlisted for WW1 in Brisbane on 2nd September, 1914 - he embarked on 24th September, 1914 with the 2nd Light Horse Regiment on the HMAT Star of England

He died of wounds on 5th April, 1918 and is buried in Warloy Baillon Communal Cemetery Extension

The inscription on his headstone reads

"LOVING SON & BROTHER TRUE, WHILE LIFE LASTS WE FONDLY THINK OF YOU"

His name is memorialised on the Australian War Memorial - he also received the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal & the Military Cross

 

 

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