Clarence BARBER

BARBER, Clarence

Service Number: 2902B
Enlisted: 15 July 1915, Keswick, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: Light Horse
Born: Cameron, South Australia, 20 January 1894
Home Town: Sevenhill, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Gardener
Died: Cerebro Spinal Meningitis, Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, 21 August 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Penwortham Methodist Cemetery
Also panel 185 at the AWM, Penwortham Methodist Cemetery, Penwortham, South Australia, Australia
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Sevenhill & Penwortham District War Memorial WW1
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World War 1 Service

15 Jul 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, Light Horse, Keswick, South Australia
21 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2902B

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Described on enlisting as Youngest son of 10 siblings; 21 years 7 months old; 5’ 7 3/4” tall;
medium complexion; dark hair; brown eyes; Methodist.

Next of kin in service:
Brother       #2249  Vivian Murry  Barber
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
1/11/1916    Killed in service, buried in Kantara Military Cemetery, Egypt

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

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)
            married at her parents residence 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 William 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

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

(6)       Myrtle BARBER
            b. 21/4/1887, Lochiel, SA
            d. 13/1/1971, Adelaide, SA
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     William COLES home 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 - 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)

Service prior to enlistment:
1 year in  81st senior cadets
transferred to 24th Light Horse, Jamestown SA  – 3years – still serving on enlistment.

12/7/1915         Completed medical – fit for service

15/7/1915         Enlisted  at  Keswick
                         Commanding Officer appointed Clarence to
                         ‘D’ Squadron - Base Light Horse - Mitcham Camp

5/8/1915           Reported sick and was taken directly to the 7th Australian General Hospital,
                         Keswick suffering from  Measles.

15/8/1915         He then developed Cerebro Spinal Meningitis and was transferred to the
                         Adelaide Hospital, where he spent 7days.

21/8/1915         Clarence died in  Adelaide Hospital
buried in:           Penwortham Methodist Cemetery, Penwortham SA
                          with his parents and a commemoration to his eldest brother
                          - Vivian Murry Barber (service #2249)

Memorial Plaque and Scroll  (596338 - 17/6/1922)

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  7 October 2014.  Lest we forget.