Freeman Gordon Barton

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 15, 1898

Born to Norton Eraste and Annie Barton at Cardinal Ontario


Feb 14, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Brockville Ontario 

Ø      Number 639626

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Annie Barton, mother, of Cardinal Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Factory Hand

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 4th Hussars at Prescott Ontario

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 18, 1916

After training at Kingston Ontario, the Battalion embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Witley camp


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the 120th Battalion at Bramshott


Jan 9, 1917

Transferred back to the 156th Battalion at Witley


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the huts at Coupigny France


Jul 14, 1917

Pte Barton received a shrapnel wound to his left knee and was admitted to the No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was transferred the same day to the No 18 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Jul 23, 1917

Transferred to the No 5 General Hospital at Rouen


Jul 29, 1917

The hospital reports that he was put on the “dangerously ill” list


Aug 2, 1917

Pte Barton died of his wounds at the No 5 Stationary Hospital 

St Sever Cemetery
Rouen France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Annie Barton, at Cardinal Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Norton Barton, at the same address


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

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