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Remembered Today:

Sgt Harry Barbour Royal Artillery

Guest keleeba

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This is the start of my search for my Great Grandfather who I know very little about.

I understand he was a Sgt. in the Royal Artilley. His name was Harry Barbour who was Spanish. Harry served in India during the Great War. His wife lived at Barrow In Furness during this time. Harry did not die during the wars.

I realise this is very sketchy information but hope someone will be able to give me some pointers towards a good starting place. I feel that I am going around in circles.

Thanks in advance,


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Hi Kerry and welcome,

There isn't an obvious medal index card for Harry Barbour. Are you sure he was Spanish? What was his Spanish name/names? Perhaps he enlisted under those.


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Hello Kevin and Happy New Year to you.

I have been told that Harry was Spanish by two of his grandsons who have some memories of him. Harry BARBOUR is the name shown on his marriage certificate from 1912 and on the birth certificates of his two daughters in 1913 and 1915. He is noted on his marriage certificate as being 21 years of age which puts him as born around 1891. He died some time before 1936 according to his daughter's marriage certificate of that year.

Harry abandoned his wife and didn't return to her after the war. He went to South America and has been photographed fishing with Errol Flynn and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. He spent time in Guatamala and Nicauragua.

Thanks for looking for me.

Best wishes for 2008


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