David Nelson Barr



Apr 20, 1890

Born in Clayton, Ontario to David and Grace Margaret (nee Thull) Barr


Oct 20, 1917

Medical examination conducted under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Ottawa, Ontario.  He was declared fit for service

His brother, Wilford, reported for his medical exam under the MSA 9 days later in Kingston, Ontario


Jan 24, 1918

Conscripted under the MSA into the 2nd Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Number 3320489

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. G Barr, mother, RR #2, Clayton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

His birth year is recorded on the MSA Attestation as 1891, however his birth registration shows his actual birth date as April 20, 1890

His brother Wilford had been conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment 3 weeks earlier in Kingston, Ontario


Feb 12, 1918

Embarked the HMS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Feb 24, 1918

Disembarked in Glasgow, Scotland and the draft proceeded to Seaford, England where the entire draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for additional training.

On March 3rd, his brother Wilford arrived in England and also joined the 6th reserve Battalion


Jun 10, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 17, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Jun 23, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve in Bretencourt, France and assigned to “D” Company


Aug 8, 1918

During the heavy fighting at Marcelcave, Private David Barr was killed in action and buried in the Adelaide Cemetery, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, D.E. Barr, RR #2 Clayton, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Grace Barr, at the same address

The day after David was killed, his brother Wilford arrived in France and was TOS the 21st Battalion, effectively replacing his older brother.  Wilford was killed in action 3 weeks later, on August 27, 1918



During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte David Barr's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.


  Private Wilford and David Barr are both honoured on the Clayton, Ontario War Memorial

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