William Barber (1887–1957)


South Staffordshire Regiment
12th Battalion
Royal Army Medical Corps 87648  

Photos courtesy Stephen Riley

William Barber in WW1


William was born in 1888 at Wakebridge and raised at Crich Carr. His parents were Samuel and Fanny Barber. He married Tansley-born Mary Booth on 11 April 1914; she worked at Lea Mills, he was a farm labourer. They had a daughter Marion.
He attested 15 July 1916, aged twenty-seven, at Bakewell giving his address as Stable Yard, Scotland, Tansley. His occupation was horseman and nurseryman. His height was 5ft 7½in and he was recorded as being C of E. He was transferred from the East Staffordshire Regiment to the RAMC and appointed acting corporal, with pay, on 12 May 1919. He reverted to private 27 July 1919 but seemed to have been promoted to full corporal after that. William was demobbed 11 January 1920.

William Barber in Ww1

Postcard to William's in-laws

Although William's surviving records indicate he was a corporal, the rear of the photograph above states he was a sergeant. The addressees – Mr and Mrs Booth were his father-in-law and mother-in-law.

rear of a photograph on William Barber in WW1

Various records for William show him as Private; T/Cpl; Transport Corporal and Sergeant.

Medal Index Record
Transport Corporal; he was awarded the Victory and British War Medals. [Transport Corporal is recorded on the transcript]
The associated record shows
87648 T/Cpl Barber, William [T/Cpl usually stands for Temporary Corporal]

The likelihood is that he was a Temporary Corporal


1901: Wakebridge

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Barber Head 53 Lead smelter Lea
Fanny Barber wife 48   Crich
Samuel Barber son 20 Farm labourer Crich
Elizabeth Barber daughter 18 Hosiery factory hand Crich
Fanny Barber daughter 17 Hosiery factory hand Crich
William Barber son 13   Crich

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1911: Crich Carr

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
Samuel Barber Head 63 Lead smelter Crich
Fanny Barber wife 56   Crich
Samuel Barber son 30 Lead smelter Crich
Elizabeth Barber daughter 28 At home Crich
Fanny Barber daughter 27 Machinist Lea Mills Crich
William Barber son 23 Farm labourer Crich

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