Alfred Irwin BARR

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BARR, Alfred Irwin

Service Number: 1372
Enlisted: 14 April 1915, Liverpool, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Redfern, Sydney, New South Wales, 1 January 1890
Home Town: Redfern, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Cleveland Street, School, Sydney
Occupation: Stablehand
Died: Killed in action, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915, aged 25 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

14 Apr 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1372, Liverpool, New South Wales
25 Jun 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1372, 18th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
25 Jun 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1372, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
22 Aug 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1372, 18th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography

Fair haired and blue eyed, Alfred Irwin Barr was born in Waterloo, Sydney. He was the 4th of 8 children. Alfred's father was a tall dark haired outgoing Irishman Alfred Moses Barr  and his mother was Janet Forbes, a native of Newcastle, NSW. Alfred and his 5 living siblings attended Cleveland Street school, which was right in the centre of the bubonic plague of 1900. After Alfred finished school, he worked as a stable hand and as a sorter in a Tabacco factory.
On the 20th April 1915 Alfred travelled to Liverpool and enlisted in the 18th Batallion, part of the 5th brigade. His service number was 1372. Alfred and his fellow soldiers left Australia on the 25th June 1915 on the SS Ceramic heading for training in Egypt. He then left Egypt for the front on 15th August.
Alfred wasn't to fight for long.

TRANSCRIPTION OF DEATH REPORT FROM AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Australian List.
A.I.F. 18th Bn.
Barr Pte. Alfred Irwin Barr
Witness said Barr got through the first part of the time, he was at Lone Pine all right. On 22nd Aug they were operating over on the left near the New Zealanders when Barr was shot. Witness saw him fall. He did not get up again and witness concluded he was dead. Barr was a tall thin man. Witness knew nothing further about him. SA
Reference: Pte V. Ross 1243 D.Co.18th Bn. 26 Gen. Hosp. Etaples 26th May 1916.

Alfred Irwin Barr, has a memorial to him on his fathers grave at Rookwood Cemetery in Sydney NSW. His name is on panel 60 at Long Pine Gallipoli and Alfred Irwin Barr's name is located at panel 84 in the Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial.

Alfred Irwin Barr received the: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Sadly Alfred had no children, however we are very proud to have him in our family and we will never forget him.

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