18432 Private Albert Victor Barlow, 3rd & 2nd Battalions, Bedfordshire Regiment
Born 30th September 1894 in Tring
Died 4th July 1959 in Watford
Albert Victor Barlow was born in Tring, the younger son of Henry John Barlow and Eliza, née Bishop.
His older brother Ernest Percival Barlow had been born on 28th January 1893.
In the 1901 Census, Albert’s family lived at Dudswell, Northchurch. His father was a shepherd. However, Albert and his brother Ernest attended Little Gaddesden School from September 1902 and, between 1905 and 1909, their father was on the Electoral Register for Little Gaddesden, suggesting that the family then lived in the village. That would help to explain why Albert was later named on the Roll of Honour.
On 15th September 1902 Albert Barlow, Standard 1, and Ernest Barlow, Standard 3, were admitted to Little Gaddesden School. The following January, Albert is named among the children who had distinguished themselves in the Religious Knowledge examination which was part of the School’s Diocesan Inspection.
On 8th July 1903:
Dr Batterbury called at the School today and informed me that Albert Barlow (St. 3) is far from well, indeed in danger of Consumption. He advised that he attends ½ time for 3 months.
On 4th July 1907 a Log Book entry recorded that Albert had gone to work with a 4th Standard Certificate. The nature of the work is not recorded, but as he returned to school on October 14th, it was probably farm work. He and Arthur Whitman passed their Standard 5 Labour Certificate on June 8th 1908 and finally left school on 16th June that year. Arthur Maunders and Frederick Purton took the exam at the same time but did not pass.
In the 1911 Census, Albert is recorded as a 16 year old Farm Labourer living at home with his parents and brother at Norcott Court Farm, Northchurch. His father and his 18 year old brother Ernest were both Shepherds.
Very little is known of Albert’s War Service. He is named on the Little Gaddesden Roll of Honour as serving in the 3rd Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment but had transferred to the 2nd Battalion by Autumn 1918. He was awarded the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal.
In the Spring 1919 Electoral Register for Little Gaddesden, Albert is recorded as an Absent Naval/ Military Voter of Lamsey Cottages. His parents also lived in Lamsey Lane, suggesting that his father was working for George Stanbridge on Lamsey Farm and Church Farm, which were then farmed together.
Men who have answered their country’s call in defence of a “Scrap of Paper”
Albert Barlow is named on the Roll of Honour, which hangs in St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Little Gaddesden and lists 119 men from Little Gaddesden, Ringshall and Hudnall who served in the 1914 – 1918 War. He is recorded as 3rd Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment, almost certainly the battalion in which he first served. He is similarly shown on the Centenary Revision of the Roll.
Rolls of Honour photos: Jane Dickson, Michael Carver
Moving Away 4
By Spring 1921, Albert and his brother Ernest had moved away. They were living at 61 Nascot Street, Watford, where Ernest remained.
By 1922, Albert had moved again, to 41 Bennetts End Lane, Hemel Hempstead, where he lived with Frederick and Beatrice Ellen Carter and family. Their daughter Kathleen was to become Albert’s wife. He was registered to vote at that address until Spring 1926.
In 1925 (2nd Quarter) Albert Victor Barlow married Kathleen Ellen Carter. The marriage was registered in Hemel Hempstead. Albert and Kathleen had known each other since 1911 or earlier, when both families lived in Norcott Court properties.
Their first daughter, Irene Kathleen, was born in 1927 (2nd Quarter) and their second, Barbara Maud, on 5th February 1930. Irene’s birth was registered in Hemel Hempstead and Barbara’s in Watford.
From 1928, Albert’s family lived at 1 Comyne Road, Watford. In the 1939 Register, at that address, Albert was recorded as a Labourer working for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway. His wife was engaged in “Unpaid Domestic Duties” and his daughters were at school.
Albert Victor Barlow of 1 Comyne Road, Watford died on 4th July 1959, aged 64.
5. Little Gaddesden School Log Books 1887 – 1906 and 1906 – 1934
7. 1918-19 Absent Voters’ Lists Parliamentary County of Hertford, Hemel Hempstead Division, Little Gaddesden
Research, text and (unless otherwise credited) photos: Jane Dickson