Frank Anthony Barber



Feb 1, 1896

Born in Salhouse, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59037 (temporary number 274)

Ø      Next of kin given as Gertrude Barber, mother, Salhouse, Norwich, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 12, 1916

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company


Jan 13, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 23, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 4, 1917

Rejoined his unit from leave


Jun 1, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Stripe


Jan 7, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 22, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Dec 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 13, 1919

Rejoined unit from leave


Mar 3, 1919

Proceeded to England and joined the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) in Seaford


Apr 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton


Apr 21, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Sapper

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 246554

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Grafton, Ontario 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 8032 Durand St., Detroit, Michigan, USA


Apr 8, 1938

Died in Detroit, Michigan, USA and buried in the Union Cemetery, Cobourg, Ontario


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