Bernard Brayewell BARTON and John Arthur BARTON


Bernard was the older of the two brothers born to Matthew Barton (bn. Sheffield c. 1856) and Clara Barton (bn. Sheffield c. 1861)
Bernard was born in 1885 and John Arthur in 1894.
In addition to these two, Matthew and Clara had the following children.
Sydney born c. 1887, Stanley Harrison who was born in 1889 but who died in 1891 and sisters Doris born in 1892 but who sadly died in 1907, Mabel born 1898 and Elsie born 1901.

In 1891 the Barton family were resident at No 2 House, 4 Court, Victoria Street in Broomhall. Father Matthew was a Table Blade Forger.
Bernard was still at school aged just 6. Stanley, shown on this census must have died very shortly after it had been compiled.

In 1901 the family had moved and were now living in Nether Edge at 19, Wath Road.
Father, Matthew had changed occupations and was now described as an Insurance Agent. Bernard was a Pupil Teacher aged 16, Sydney a 14 year old Clerk at the Co-Operative Society and John Arthur was just 7 years old.

By 1911 the family had moved again and were now living at 22, Woodstock Road, still in the Nether Edge area of Sheffield.
Matthew had once again changed occupations and was described as a Blacksmith. Bernard was an Elementary School Teacher, Sydney a Clerk, John a Junior Clerk whilst Mabel and Elsie were still at school.

At the outbreak of the war John lost no time in enlisting doing so at the Corn Exchange on the 10th of September 1914. He was recruited as Private 12/867 in the 12th (Service) Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment more commonly known as the Sheffield City Pals.

Like many of his fellow Pals, he first served in Egypt arriving there in January of 1916. Being a day ‘late’ he and the others missed out on being awarded a 1914-15 Star, something which rankled amongst these men.
After a brief time in Egypt, the Battalion embarked for France arriving there in March 1916.

John would have experienced the first shocks of trench warfare without being engaged in any major actions until the 1st of July 1916, one of the most fateful days of the war. The Sheffield City Pals alongside their comrades from Barnsley and Accrington, attacked the well entrenched Germans at Serre in Northern France.
It was to be a desperate day as hundreds of men of these battalions were either killed, wounded or reported missing.

John Arthur Barton was one of those killed.

His body was never recovered and he is today commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

At what point Bernard enlisted or was conscripted cannot be now be established but serve he did, as Private 203001 in the 1/5th Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment. He also appears to have served with the 7th and 12th Battalions of the same Regiment. He was on the Reserve List on the 6th of February 1919.

He died at Doncaster in 1937.