Harold Pryor BARTON


BARTON, Harold Pryor

Service Number: Officer
Enlisted: 13 September 1914
Last Rank: Lieutenant
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Richmond, Victoria, Australia , 9 November 1879
Home Town: Botany, New South Wales
Schooling: Newington College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Draughtsman
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, 23 May 1915, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Lone Pine Cemetery, ANZAC
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World War 1 Service

13 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, SN Officer, 13th Infantry Battalion
18 Oct 1914: Involvement 2nd Infantry Battalion
18 Oct 1914: Embarked 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
23 May 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Lieutenant, 2nd Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Lieutenant H. P. Barton, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles,
was a resident of Forbes for about six months, being connected with the survey branch of the local Lands Office. Prior to coming to Forbes, he was stationed at Armidale, at which town the late Colonel Braund, M.L.A., was officer commanding the company Lieutenant Barton belonged to.

From the day that England declared war, Lieutenant Barton expressed great eagerness to take part in the fray. He was a married man, however, and he had a wife and one
child to think of.

As the war progressed, he could not resist the call
his country sent out, so he enlisted as a private in the contingent which Colonel Braund was in command of. Shortly after enlisting, the late Mr Barton was granted a commission, and was placed in charge of a machine gun section.

Writing from Egypt to Mr Brady, of the Lands Office staff, Lieutenant Barton stated the machine gun business was risky work. "The average life of a machine gun officer in Belgium is only seven days," he wrote, "but I hope to be able to keep going a bit longer." 

As it turned out his wish was not realised, for he was probably killed 
in the early stages of the Dardanelles fight. Colonel Braund, officer
commanding the contingent, was also killed. The deceased  Lieutenant was 34 years of age, and leaves a widow and one son.

When last heard of, Mrs Barton was staying at the Captain Cook Hotel, Botany. Mrs Barton is a sister of Mrs Loneragan, of Parkes.