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18 Aug 1889
Fred was born in 1889 and was the son of Arthur Henry, a stoker at the local rubber factory, and Emily Barber (nee Chapman) of Retford. He had 8 siblings In the 1911 census the family are living at 36 Trent Street, Retford; he is single and a rubber mat maker by trade. On 10th February 1916 at St Peters Church, Leeds he married his wife Alberta Boshell of 2 Pullan Place, Beeston, Leeds. At the time of his marriage he was a serving soldier and was living at 36 Trent Street, Retford.
25 Oct 1916
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5th Bn Oxforshire and Buckighamshire Light Infantry
Fred enlisted at Retford but gave his residence as being in Beeston. He at first served with the Sherwod Foresters Notts and Derbys Regiment with service number 4461 but later transferred to the 5th battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Regiment. He died on 25th October 1916 and is buried in Agny Military Cemetery, Pas De Calais, France. Pte F W Barber Retford Times 17 Nov 1916 Pte F W Barber, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, son of Mr and Mrs Barber, Trent Street, was accidentally killed in France on Oct 25th. His parents first received the sad news from his chum and last week official intimation arrived from the War Office. The gallant soldier who was 27 years of age, enlisted in the Sherwood Foresters (TF) in November last year and later on was transferred to the Oxford and Bucks Regt. He went to France in March of this year and was wounded by shrapnel in the head during the “push” in July. Prior to enlisting he was employed for 14 years at the Northern Rubber Works. Pte V Wightman, one of Pte Barber’s comrades, has written a letter of sympathy to his parents explaining the circumstances of his death.
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