Henry E Barr

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 12, 1887

Born at Tottenham, London, England


Feb 18, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Port Hope Ontario 

Ø      Number 412538

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Alice Smith, sister, of 6 Rumbold Road, Hoddesdon, Hertford, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Mar 20, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal


May 21, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the RMS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec


Jul 4, 1915

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Sep 24, 1915

The Battalion moved to the West Sandling Camp


Nov 9, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 10, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France as part of a draft of 268 reinforcements from England 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 12, 1915

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Nov 19, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Ridgewood 

There is no explanation as to why it took 7 days to travel approximately 150 miles.


Apr 8, 1916

Pte Barr was wounded in the left leg while on a patrol near the “P” trenches, not far from Scottish Wood.  He was taken to the No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was then transferred to No 7 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Apr 10, 1916

Transferred to No 23 Canadian General Hospital for treatment


Apr 25, 1916

Discharged from hospital to the Base Depot at Etaples and assigned to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Apr 28, 1916

Discharged to Base Details at #3 Base Depot at Boulogne


May 4, 1916

Pte Barr left the Base Depot to rejoin the Battalion


May 6, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Corps Reserve at the “B” Camp, near Poperinghe Belgium where they were carrying out training exercises and supplying work parties to the front


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion began an advance on a German strong point in a sugar refinery at Courcelette.  This was the Battalion’s first experience fighting with the new tanks brought onto the battlefield by the British. 

The Battalion suffered very heavy casualties over the next 2 days.  The Battalion would typically go into combat with approximately 600 all ranks, sometimes more, most often less.  On the morning of September 18, roll call revealed that 405 all ranks had become casualties (killed, wounded, and missing) in the 2 days of fighting. 

Pte Barr was among those wounded and taken first to a Field Ambulance for first aid, then to a Casualty Clearing Station for treatment.


Sep 18, 1916

Pte HE Barr died of his wounds at the No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

Puchervillers British Cemetery
Somme France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, and Victory Medal were sent to his sister, Mrs A Smith, at 6 New Cottages, Rumbold Cottages, Rye Park, Hoddesdon, Hertford, England. 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Arthur B Barr, 6 Emblem St, Bolton, Lancashire, England. 

There was no Memorial Cross issued



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 Henry Barr's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.


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