Coleshill Remembers World War 1
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Entry for Private George Barber
48th Coy, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
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George Ernest Barber was born in September 1893 in Coleshill. The son of George and Mary, he initially lived at 182 Park Road before moving to Blythe Road. On the 1911 census his occupation is listed as ‘gardener nurseryman’. Private Barber (service number 30860) enlisted into the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) at Nuneaton in November 1915. He died on 7 September 1915 and is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial
In Memoriam. BARBER.- In loving memory of my dear and only son, Pte. G. E. Barber, of Blyth Road, Coleshill, who was killed in action in France on September 7th, 1916. He little thought his time so short In this world to remain, Nor that when from home he went He'd ne'er return again. No matter how we pray, no matter how we call, There's nothing left to answer but his photo on the wall. - Lovingly remembered by mother, dad, sisters and brother-in-law, Frank. Coleshill Chronicle Saturday, September 8th, 1917.
Coleshill Chronicle 7th October 1916 DEATHS BARBER – Killed in action, in France, on September 7th, Private George Ernest Barber, only son of Mr and Mrs George Barber, Blyth Road, Coleshill. It is with regret that we record the death of Private George Ernest Barber, Machine-gun Section, 12th Royal Warwicks, who was killed in France on September 7th. The deceased soldier was 23 years of age, and the only son of Mr and Mrs George Barber, Blyth Road, Coleshill. Before enlisting in the army he was employed on the Midland Railway.