John Hamilton BARR

Regiment:                Durham Light Infantry
                                Formerly Northumberland Fusiliers, 4th Btn

Rank & Number:      Lance Corporal 245150 (DLI)
                                Private 4593, 201583 (NF)  

29 September 1891; Paisley  

                        07 May 1943; Law Junction Hospital,

                       Brother of George Barr

JOHN HAMILTON BARR was born 29 Sep 1891 in Paisley, to parents Patrick, a sewing machine company agent, and Janet Fraser Hamilton (who married in Paisley on 17 Sep 1884).  He died of congestive heart failure on 07 May 1943 in Law Junction Hospital, Carluke (aged 51, single, ship steward, residence 100 Duke Street, Glasgow) - the informant was his brother George.  

In the 1901 Census, John, aged 9, is living 2 Union Street, Paisley with parents Patrick (51, embroiderer), mother Jessie Hamilton (45) and siblings Janet (15) and George (13, solicitors office boy)  

In the 1911 Census, aged 19 and a warehouseman (soft goods), he is living in household of brother George (aged 23, bookkeeper at sewing cotton manufacturers) at 5 Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie with widowed mother Janet (62, married 26 years, 3 children) and aunt Mary Hamilton (47)    

Enlisted Northumberland Fusiliers 14 Jul 16 (aged 24; wholesale draper; residence 5 Allanton Park Terrace, Fairlie; nok mother Jessie H. Barr). Served with the British Expeditionary Force 16 Jun 17 to 6 Nov 17; transferred Durham Light Infantry 03 Jul 17 (at Etaples).  He was hospitalised with trench fever 07 Nov 17 to 2 Mar 18, and demobilized 19 Feb 19 at York (home address 28 George Place, Paisley).  His medal index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

9 March 1918

Pte. John Barr (Northumberland Fusiliers), who has been in hospital for a considerable time suffering from trench fever, arrived home at the beginning of the week for a short leave.

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