Air Mechanic 2nd class
|Royal Air Force||219786||207th Sqdn
James was born at Church View, Crich in 1894, his parents were James and Margaret Barber. When he enrolled on 3 August 1917 he was a wagon oiler on the Midland Railway. The RAF Muster Roll gives his rate of pay as 1s 8d. The RAF was formed on 1 April 1918. James died on 7 February 1919, some three months after the armistice, and he is buried at Cologne Southern Cemetery. More than one thousand Allied prisoners and dozens of German servicemen were buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery during the First World War. Commonwealth forces entered Cologne on 6 December 1918, less than a month after the Armistice, and the city was occupied under the terms of the Treaty of Versailles.
James’s squadron moved to Germany as part of the Army of Occupation in January 1919, serving there until the August.
22 February 1919
CRICH, LEA and HOLLOWAY
Confirmation of the news of the death of Air-Mechanic James Barber of Church House, Crich, was received on Wednesday by his father in a letter from Air-Mechanic F. Johnson, Royal Air Force, Germany, who states that he was a close friend of Air-Mechanic Barber. "We were all very fond of him," he says, "and he had a very touching funeral. At the first opportunity I hope to visit his grave in Cologne."
Later in the article –
News was received by Mr James Barber of Church House, Crich, on Thursday last week, that his second son Air-Mechanic James Barber, died in Cologne on 7 February of bronchial pneumonia. He joined up two and a half years ago. A quiet unassuming young man and possessed of a keen interest in mechanics, he made good progress in aircraft work and was generally esteemed by his officers. He was 25 years of age. In civil life he was employed at the shops of the Clay Cross Company at their Crich Limestone Works.
|Rank||Air Mechanic 2nd Class|
|Regiment/Service||Royal Air Force|
|Date of Death||07/02/1919|
|Additional Information||Son of James and Margaret Barber, of Church View, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire|
|Casualty type||Commonwealth War Dead|
|Grave/Memorial Reference||II. A. 10.|
|Cemetery||COLOGNE SOUTHERN CEMETERY|
RG13 piece 3231 folio 29 page 4
|James||Barber||Head (married)||48||Joiner, Limestone quarry||Crich|
|Harry||Son||22||Labourer, lime works||Crich|
|Edith Emma||Daughter||19||Picker, Lea Mills||Crich|
|James||Son||17||Wagon oiler, Midland Railway||Crich|
|William||Son||15||Pony driver, colliery||Crich|