Robert Barber (1899–1973)


Durham Light Infantry 100909 5th Coy; 3rd Unit
Robert Barber photograph taken in 1923

Medal Index Card
Robert was awarded the Victory and British War Medals.

Robert was born at Starkholmes in 1900, his parents were Robert and Mabel Barber. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Sawmills then to Crich Carr where both Robert and his father worked at Dawbarns joinery firm He attested, aged eighteen, on 25 May 1918 at Derby giving his address as Bents Hill Cottage, Crich Carr. He was posted overseas 12 October 1918 and received a gun shot wound to his right shoulder on 23 October 1918. He was demobbed 26 January 1919.

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier 9 November 1918
Pte. Robert Barber, Durham Light Infantry, came to his home at Crich Carr on convalescent leave last week. He was recently wounded in the arm, after three weeks service in France. He was sent to a Sheffield hospital, where he stayed until last week-end.

After the war he played for Whatstandwell Football Club along with several other returning servicemen.

Whatstandwell football team 1923

1939 Register: The Ideal Aga Nook, Jackson Ave, Tutbury
Robert Barber b 20 July 1899; wood working machinist, double and single tenon
Phoebe Barber 5 March 1899
Phyllis Simpson (Barber) 14 November 1919; confectionery assistant

Robert Barber married Phoebe Cooper in the July qtr 1919 (Belper reg district)


1901: Sawmills

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Barber Head 24 Joiner Crich
Mabel Barber wife 23   Starkholmes
Robert Barber son 1   Starkholmes
Frederick Barber son 6 mo   Starkholmes

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1911: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Robert Barber Head 34 Joiner, steam joinery works Crich
Mabel Barber wife 33   Starkholmes
Robert Barber son 11 school Starkholmes
Frederick Barber son 10 school Starkholmes
Lilian Barber daughter 8   Starkholmes
Arthur Barber son 7   Starkholmes
Norman Barber son 5   Crich Carr
Agnes Barber daughter 2   Crich Carr

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