Saturday, 27 February 2016

Howard Cyril Barrow 1894-1917

Lieut Howard Cyril Barrow Barnsley Chronicle 20th October 1917
with thanks to Barnsley Archives
Born:  1894

Military Service:
Enlisted: October 1915 aged 21
Regiment and Battalion: Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Rank: Lieutenant
Entered Theatre of War: France & Belgium on 22 September 1916
Awards: The Victory Medal and the British War Medal

Death:  Killed in Action on 20th September 1917 age 23
CWGC Remembered: Tyne Cot Memorial, Panel 154-159 and 163A

Information from Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
Son of George Richardson Barrow and Sarah Caroline Barrow, of 11, Gregory St., Loughborough, Leicestershire.

Combined War Memorial St Marys Church Barnsley

Links & Notes:
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lives of the First World War

From the Nottingham Evening Post 8th October 1917 with thanks to  Find my Past
"Mr. George R. Barrow of Gregory Street, Loughborough has been informed of the death of his elder son, Lieut. Howard Cyril Barrow, Yorks and Lancashire Regiment, which occurred in action on Sept. 20th.  Lieut. Barrow was 23 years of age and joined the army two years ago, having previously been in Barclay's Bank at Barnsley."

From the Barnsley Chronicle 20th October 1917  With thanks to Barnsley Archives
News has been received by Mr. and Mrs. G.R. Barrow of Gregory Street, Loughborough, that their eldest son Lieut. Howard Cyril Barrow of the York and Lancaster Regiment has been killed in action on September 20th.  Lieut. Barrow who was 23 years old , obtained his commission in October, 1915, joining from the Barnsley Branch of Messrs. Barclay and Co's Bank.  He became attached to a Machine Gun Corps, and was given charge of a battery and had been abroad over a year.  The letter conveying the sad news came from the O.C and said - Your son fell nobly doing his duty and I am sure he would not have wished to die better.  Up to the very last moment he was encouraging his men in their duties, and with his personal courage he was a great example to his men.  Please accept on my behalf and on the behalf of all of his brother officers, who deeply regret his loss, our most deep sympathy.  He was well-liked by his men who in losing him have lost a good comrade in danger."

BARCLAYS BANK ROLL OF HONOUR (found on Lives of the First World War)
A printed roll of honour was published by Barclays Bank in January 1919. The list is headed "Barclays Bank Limited. List of Local Directors and Members of the Staff killed in action, or who have died whilst serving with His Majesty's Forces. 1914-1918.".
Included on the printed list is the name H C Barrow, with rank/regiment of Lieut, York and Lancaster Regiment, and branch given as Barnsley. The date 20-9-17 is hand-written alongside the name, together with a code indicating that he originally worked for Barclays Bank (rather than their war-years acquisitions of London & Provincial Bank, London & South Western Bank, or United Counties Bank).

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