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Barron 1Robert Barron was born in 1899 and was baptised on the 15th October 1899 in the Holy Trinity Church in Tarleton. His parents John and Alice Barron (nee Langley) married in the same church on the 13th October 1894.

Henry had one brother and four sisters; Maggie (1895), Henry (1896), Emma (1901), Ellen (1905) and Lena (1907).

In 1911 the family was living in Sollom which is a small hamlet just to the south of Tarleton. Sollom was a farming area and Robert`s father and his brother Henry were both labourers. His eldest sister Maggie was employed as a domestic servant while Robert and his younger siblings all attended school.

Unfortunately Robert`s service papers are not available so we do not know for certain when he enlisted into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment. He was allocated the service number 44361 and at some point sailed to France where he joined the 1st Battalion.

Robert had apparently only been in France for two weeks when he was wounded in action, his wounds being serious enough to see him return to England for hospital treatment.

Sadly, he did not recover and he died from his wounds on the 14th October 1918 in hospital in Cardiff. He was just 19 years old.

The following information was provided by his family and appeared in the Preston Guardian a short while later.Barron 2

Robert`s body was brought back home from the hospital in Cardiff and he was afterwards buried in Tarleton (St. Mary) Churchyard.Barron 3

After the war Robert was awarded the British War and Victory Medals in recognition of his service for his country.

Additional family information: The newspaper article refers to a brother who had been wounded. Henry Barron also enlisted into the L.N.L. Regiment as 36907 Pte Henry Barron 1/4th Battalion. His service papers are incomplete but it seems Henry later joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers (96787). In 1918 Henry suffered shrapnel wounds to his head and spent a period of time in hospital from which he was eventually discharged in January 1919. Henry was also awarded the British War and Victory Medals.

Rank: Private
Service No: 44361
Date of Death: 14/10/1918
Age: 19
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 1st Bn.

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