On 12 Mar 1915 at Neuve Chapelle, France, Private Barber ran out in front of the grenade company to which he belonged, and threw bombs on the enemy with such effect that a great number of them surrendered at once. When the grenade party reached him they found him alone and unsupported, with the enemy captives all about him.
He was born in Tring, Hertfordshire on 10 Jun 1893. Unfortunately he was killed in action three days after his heroic deed so was awarded his Victoria Cross posthumously. It was gazetted on 19 Apr 1915. His name is on the memorial at Le Touret.
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