BARTON, Richard Herbert
(Service number 9/548)

Aliases Burt
First Rank Trooper Last Rank Trooper


Date 19 February 1891 Place of Birth Timaru, New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date 12 August 1914 Age 23
Address at Enlistment 110 Yarrow St, Invercargill
Occupation Carpenter
Previous Military Experience Canterbury Yeomanery Cavalry 3 years
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Edwin John Barton (father), 9 Rhodes St, Timaru
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation Main Body
Unit, Squadron, or Ship Otago Mounted Rifles, Machine Gun Section
Date 16 October 1914
Transport Hawkes Bay
Embarked From Port Chalmers Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With Otago Mounted Rifles

Military Awards

Campaigns Gallipoli
Service Medals 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 16 June 1915 Age 24
Place of Death Gallipoli, Turkey
Cause Killed in action
Memorial or Cemetery No.2 Outpost Cemetery, Turkey
Memorial Reference A. 4
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Memorial plaque, St Mary's Church, Timaru

Biographical Notes

Richard Herbert Barton, born at Timaru 19 February 1891, the only son of Edwin John and Mary Jane Barton nee Winchcombe of 9 Rhodes Street Timaru,

Prior to enlisting he was living at 110 Yarrow Street, Invercargill and working as a carpenter for P.C. Lee, builders, Invercargill. He joined up in Invercargill 12 August 1914 with the Otago Mounted Rifles, machine gun section, with the rank of Trooper. His enlistment forms state he had previous military service with the Canterbury Yeomanry for 3 years and had served in the NZ Ambulance Service for 1 year. He is described as being aged 23, single, of dark complexion, chest 34 inches, 160 lbs in weight, 5 foot 8 ½ inches tall, eyes brown, hair brown and having artificial top teeth and good teeth below. Richard served in NZ from 12 August to 14 October 1914 and embarked from Port Chalmers 16 October aboard the Hawkes Bay for Suez, Egypt arriving 4 December 1914.

In October 1915, his parents had a most unfortunate experience. A swag was deposited at the door reading “Deceased R.H. Barton 9/548”. This was the first and only intimation that anything had happened to their son. The parcel contained a few personal belongings and letters from his mother and sisters. Considerable indignation was expressed by friends of the bereaved family when they heard of the tragic happening. Richard had been killed in action at the H2 outpost, Walker’s Ridge 16 June 1915 and was buried 17 June by Chaplain Bush King in the No.2 Outpost Cemetery.

Richard’s 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to his father along with a plaque and scroll after the war. Richard's name is on as "Burt" on the family headstone in Timaru Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (October 2014); Military service record, Archives NZ; NZ War Graves Project; Poverty Bay Herald, 9 Oct 1915; Press, 9 Oct 1915; Timaru District Council cemeteries database

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Researched and Written by

Carol Bell, SC branch NZSG & Timaru Herald; Ted Hansen (SC branch NZSG)

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