BARR, Gordon

NAME:    Gordon BARR             

SERVICE NO:  5973

YEAR OF BIRTH:  1895

PLACE OF BIRTH:  Hotspur

DATE OF ENLISTMENT:  8 March 1916

PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:  Warrnambool

AGE AT ENLISTMENT:  21

UNIT: 6th Battalion

EMBARKED:  28 July 1916

TROOP SHIP:  HMAT A32 Themistocles

FATE:  Returned to Australia, 4 January 1920

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Image Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial. Image no. DA15926 https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/DA15926/

 

 

Gordon Barr was born at Hotspur in 1895 to George Barr and Susan McLellan.  By 1909, the Barr family had moved to Strathkellar, near Hamilton, and Gordon attended the local state school. After his schooling, Gordon moved to Warrnambool, working as a labourer and living in Liebig Street.  Warrnambool is where he enlisted on 8 March 1916 aged twenty-one. 

Gordon left Australia with 6th Battalion on 28 July 1916 aboard the HMAT A32 Themistocles bound for France. He spent a lot of time in hospital in both England and France during 1917 and 1918 with pleurisy, rejoining his unit after each recovery. He eventually returned to Australia in 1920.  

Eventually returning to Australia in 1920, Gordon spent the years immediately after his return farming near Willaura.

 

ONLINE SOURCES

Australian War Memorial – 6th Australian Infantry Battalion

Australian War Memorial – Embarkation Rolls – Gordon Barr

Discovering Anzacs – WW1 Service Record – Gordon Barr

Newspaper articles from Trove – Gordon Barr

The AIF Project – Gordon Barr

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