Monday, December 20, 2010

Reginald Edward Barran - 412084

According to his attestation papers dated February 12, 1915 at Belleville, Edward Barran was born on September 13, 1893 in Macom, Georgia, USA.  He listed his brother William Barran, of Toronto, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a machinist and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years of age and stood 5 feet 7.5 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a small scar on his left elbow.  He was a member of the Church of England.

He was hit in the head by shrapnel and died on April 2, 1918 at the No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Doullens.  He is buried in the Doullens Communal Cemetery Extension No. 1 at the Somme in France. It was noted that his name was brought forward to the Secretary of State for War for valuable service.  His military will directed that his entire estate be provided to his fiancee Miss M. McCormack of Trenton, Ontario.  His military file also notes that his medals were also provided to her.

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial Edward lists Edward as the son of Luke and Annie Barran, of Macon, Georgia, USA.

A descendant of the family was in touch with me and indicated that Edward and his brother William came to New Toronto to live with their grandfather Milner Barran after their parents died in 1901 in Georgia, USA.

John and Victor Arding, who are both on the New Toronto War Memorial, were his uncles.

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