HAMILTON BARRwas 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
SERVICE RECORD 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.
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.