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Capt. Nathaniel J.M. Barry died 21.10.17. Any info

Stuart Brown

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I had a brief conversation with the grand daughter of the above named yesterday.

Does anyone have any information on the above Captain Barry please.

All she knew was that he died aged 34 yrs on Sunday 21 October 1917 whilst serving with the East African Transport Corps, and was buried in Dar-es-Salaam War Cemetry. She said that he was one of a group of farmers who joined up at the start of the war. He was born in the Cape - South Africa and farmed in Naivasha, Kenya.

She is in possession of his medals, 1914/15 star, BWM, Victory and Memorial Plaque and intends to mount them in a frame.

From CWGC:-


Initials: N J M

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Captain

Regiment: General List

Secondary Regiment: East African Transport Corps

Secondary Unit Text: and

Age: 34

Date of Death: 21/10/1917

Additional information: Son of Sir Jacob and Lady Barry husband of Marian Boyd Barry, of The Lodge, Overbury, Tewkesbury, England. A Farmer of "Rustenberg", Naivasha, British East Africa. Born in Cape Province, South Africa.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: 1. A. 7.


A web search found a snippet of information ....."as all East Africans with a knowledge of Swahili were required in the service corps"

Any information appreciated.

Also any address for commercially produced frames for a plaque and trio.



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Just to update for recording purposes:-

From another discussion group established that:-

BARRY.- Killed in action, on the 21st Oct., at Lukuledi, German East Africa.

CAPT. N. J. M. BARRY. East African Transport Corps, of Naivasha, B.E.A.

The unit was founded by a volunteer unit formed at

Nairobi, designated "The East African Mechanical Transport Corps", and the

South African Army service Corps subsequently bore a considerable share in

the work." The "work" referred to was the provision of mechanical transport

which played an increasingly important role during the campaign.

Around the relevant date:-

"15th October 1917, East Africa: Lindi column drives enemy on Nyangoa by

enveloping movement from North."

"17th October 1917. East Africa: Column from Lukuledi Mission drives enemy

eastward; two columns occupy Nyangoa."

Updated as the details may be of use to someone in the future.



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