Percy A. Barrow
2703 Percy Archer Barrow was born at Ballarat in 1870, the second of nine children born to Harriet Anne nee Crisp and Percy Blake Barrow. At the time of his enlistment at Ballarat on 7 February 1916, P.A. Barrow was living with his aunt, Mrs Fanny Crisp at 13 Porter Street, Ballarat East. He listed his age as 44 years and 5 months, and marital status as single. He was 5 foot 2 1/4 inches tall, weighed 130lb, and had tattoos on both arms (crossed flags and a ship).
Although P.A. Barrow was employed as a miner in 1916, he had completed a printing apprenticeship some years earlier. His enlistment form shows he remained in that trade for a further 7 years in Melbourne, in the employment of Crabb & Yelland, at 101 Chapel Street, Prahran. He nominated his mother Harriet, of 34 Nicholson Street, Ballarat East as his next of kin.
Barrow officially joined the AIF on 18 February 1916.
Sapper Barrow was initially assigned to 1st Australian Mining Company, 3rd Reinforcements and sent for training at Seymour, VIC.
According to the Nominal Roll, he embarked on the HMAT Euripides on 4 April 1916 - in the company of several Ballarat men - bound for Marseilles, France via Egypt, where he disembarked at Alexandria on 18 May 1916. [note: two Nominal Roll entries exist for P.A. Barrow - and they display slightly different details].
Following his arrival in France on 7 June 1916, he was marched to Etaples where he joined the 2nd Australian Tunnelling Company on 25 June 1916. Within weeks, he sustained a bomb wound to right arm in the field on 26 October. This ultimately led to him being transported to Edmonton Military Hospital in England, via Boulogne on 2 November 1916,where he remained until his transfer to the Isolation Hospital at Wareham in February 1917.
On 25 March 1917, Sapper Barrow was transferred to the 65th Battalion - and scheduled for return to France - however, after marching out to meet the 65th Battalion in early April it was decided he should be detached from this Battalion, and his service record was marked for discharge from service due to rheumatism and age. Barrow was then marched out to a number of different depots across England over several months before his departure for Melbourne, Australia on board the RMS Persia on 21 December 1917.
Percy Arthur Barrow was officially discharged from the AIF, as medically unfit - with a disability caused by rheumatism and age - on 19 March 1918. He returned to his occupation as a miner before becoming a night watchman, and from 1924 until the time of his death he he continued to reside at 13 Porter Street, Ballarat East.
Barrow died at Ballarat on 31 May and was buried in the Ballarat New Cemetery on 1 June 1945, aged 73 years. He left no known issue.
<Victoria Birth Index, 1836-1920. https://archive.org/details/AustraliaVictoriaBmdHistoricalIndex_104. Cert No.21044>
<Victorian Electoral Rolls 1924, 1936 & 1942 Ballaarat East>
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