Hector Henry Barrow

Date of birth: 1892
Place of birth: Bournemouth
Regiment: Royal Fusiliers
Battalion: 8th
Rank / Service No: 2nd Lieutenant, 3646
Died: 20th October 1915 at Hulloch, aged 23 years
Commemorated: Loos Memorial


Hector was the youngest of 5 siblings born to Henry and Sarah Hopkins Barrow (nee Walden), who married in Bournemouth in 1870.


The family were living at 93 Church Street, Shirley at the 1901 Census, and the parents were still there in 1911.


Henry was born in Sopley, Hampshire in 1845 and he died in Southampton in 1936.

Sarah was born in Winkton, Hampshire in 1843 and she passed away in Shirley in 1918.



Alfred Henry   b. 30 June 1870 Sopley   d. 1940 at 31 Bellevue Road, Southampton   Married Ellen Dowding in Southampton in 1897 (3 children).

Agnes Jessie   b. 1873 Sopley   d. 1961 St. Pancras   Married Frederick William Henry Fall in Shirley in 1898 (7 children).

Frederick Allan   b. 1882 Sopley   d. 1970 Hounslow   Married Isabel Emma Davies in Brentford in 1907.

Arthur Walden   b. 3 February 1885 Sopley   d. 1974 Richmond-on-Thames Married Lizzie Keen in Harlington on 15 October 1913.

Hector Henry


Hector was boarding with the Fall family (his sister) at 53 Heath Road, Hounslow at the 1911 Census.



The 8th Royal Fusiliers joined the 36th Brigade in the 12th (Eastern) Division and landed at Boulogne in late May 1915.

On 23 June, the division took over a section of front line near Ploegsteert Wood and they were in action at the Battle of Loos in September 1915.


Hector perished during the fighting that continued after the official end of the Battle of Loos.


The Division lost nearly 3000 men at Loos and retired behind the lines near Bethune for a rest and restaffing.


Interestingly, Hector left £212 15s 7d specifically to his mother; this implies that his parents may well have divorced before Hector’s death.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016


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