George Barber

Date of birth: 1886
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: 7006
Rank: Sergeant
Regiment: Hampshire
Battalion: 10th (Service)
Died: 10th August 1915 aged 29 years
Death location: Helles Memorial, Turkey

 

Life before the War
George was the third of 5 children born to Alfred and Phoebe Annie, nee Marshall.  The whole family was Southampton born and bred, with Alfred born in 1859 and Annie in 1861.  They married in Southampton in 1880.

George’s siblings – 1 sister and 3 brothers – were:

Alfred George F   b.1882 and d.1971 Romsey.  Married Bessie Stonadge in Southampton in 1914.

John James    b.1884 and d.1963 Gosport.  Married Rose K. Burden in Southampton in 1912.

Elizabeth Dorothy   b.1889 and d.1979 Portsmouth.  Married Alfred J Cummins in Southampton in 1925.

Frederick William   b.1892 and d.1977 Southampton.  Married Georgina A Sillence in Romsey in 1922.

Interestingly, George was stationed at Wynberg in South Africa during the 1911 census.

He married Kate Elizabeth Pullinger in Southampton in 1914 and they made their home at 21 North Front, St. Mary’s Street.  Kate gave birth to their daughter Kathleen Ann in October 1914; she married Charles Grant in Southampton in 1931 and passed away in Fareham in 1991.

Kate remarried in 1919, to George H Cavell.

 

War Service
The 10th (Service) battalion was formed at Winchester in August 1914 as part of the K1 New Army.  It moved immediately to Dublin and was attached to the 10th (Irish) Division.  The 10th Hants was transferred to the 29th Brigade in the 10th (Irish) Division in March 1915 and they moved to Basingstoke in May.  The Brigade sailed from Liverpool on 7th July 1915 and landed at Anzac Cove on 6th August.  Within a matter of days, the Brigade was involved in very heavy fighting with huge numbers of Turks at Sari Bair.

Not only did George lose his life during this engagement but the Battalion lost the majority of its fighting strength during the short time it was on the Peninsula.

 

 

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 28th June 2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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