HARRY BARBER 

Rank: Corporal
Service Number:1367.
Regiment: 5th Bn. Cheshire Regiment
Killed In Action Friday 11th June 1915
Age 25
FromLymm.
County Memorial Lymm
Commemorated\Buried Spoilbank Cemetery
Grave\Panel Ref: I.G.14.
CountryBelgium

Harry's Story.

Harry was born in Lymm in 1890, son of John and Margaret Barber of Rushgreen, Lymm, both fustian cutters.

He was killed by a shell which exploded in a nearby trench on 11th June 1915,  a letter from Captain Ward Hartley to his parents says "It is with great grief that I write to tell you of the death, at 7.15 am this morning (June 11th), of your son Corporal Harry Barber, his trench and the one next to us, both occupied by the Cheshire's were for a considerable period this morning subjected to a heavy artillery fire and in both trenches were several casualties unfortunately one can all afford to lose.

Your son, though not actually in that part of the trench at the time, was killed instantly.  It is a very great blow to me to have to part with two such excellent men as your son and Private Jack Guest within a day or two of one another.  I have known your son as long as any of my men as I came across him soon after we went to live in Lymm and have always been in touch with him through the Territorials and Lads Club particularly.


I can confidently say thay you have lost a good and dutiful son and the country a good solider."




Compiled and researched by Lynn Smith