Harry Barter

Date of birth: 1898
Place of birth: Southampton
Service No.: Private
Rank: Private
Regiment / Division: Devonshire
Battalion: 1st
Died:  2nd April 1918, aged 19 years
Commemorated: Pozieres Memorial, France (Panel 24 & 25)

Harry was the third of 4 siblings born to Henry and Elizabeth Ann Barter (nee Bailey).

Henry was born in Southampton in 1864 and died in the city in 1903.

Elizabeth was also born in Southampton in 1868 and she died there in 1932. They married in Southampton in 1894 and lived in Freemantle.

Sibling:

  1. Ada Maud Elizabeth b. 1895 Southampton d. 1983 Southampton Married Walter J. Lisle in Southampton in 1921.
  2. Albert Henry b. 1897 Southampton d. 1975 Southampton
  3. Harry
  4. Winifred May b. 1902 Southampton d. 1933 Southampton Married Frederick Broomfield in Southampton in 1921.

Harry enlisted in his regiment in March 1917, presumably as soon as he came of age.

It was no surprise that he was put into the 1st Battalion, because they had lost most of their men during the four attacks of the Battle of Arras in April / May 1917. In actions around Polderhoek (near Passchendaele), in October 1917, the battalion lost a further 430 men.

The battalion was sent to Italy in November 1917, before returning to the Somme in early 1918. The battalion lost a total of 1150 men during WW1, with nearly 5000 wounded in the regiment as a whole. The Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March & April 1918, when the Allied 5th Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields.

It commemorates over 14000 UK casualties who had no known grave and who died on the Somme between 21 March and 7 August 1918

Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 20/07/2015
Updated: Insert dates here

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