Group of six, with Death plaque : QSA four clasps " CC, Rhodesia, OFS,T" KSA two clasps "SA01, SA02" correct running script Lieut. F. St. J. Barton 2/Hampshire RGT. with duplicate issue correctly impressed 123 CORP. F. ST. BARTON. VICTORIAN. M. R.,1914 -15 STAR, BRITISH WAR MEDAL (MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES) & VICTORY MEDAL impressed to CAPT. F. ST. J. BARTON HAMPS. R.
Death Plaque correctly named "Frederick ST. John Barton.
M.I.D. London Gazette 6 April 1916, for services in the Euphrates operations, 24 June to 26 July 1915.
Frederick St John Barton was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 6 May 1876, 4th son of Robert Barton, Malvern, Victoria, formerly Deputy Master of Melbourne Branch, Royal Mint. He was educated at Toorak College, near Melbourne, and volunteered and enlisted in the 5th Victoria Contingent during the South African War. He was then transferred as Sergeant to the Rhodesian Artillery, and afterwards gazetted 2nd Lieutenant into the 2nd Hampshire Regiment on 19 May 1900, at the recommendation of the Governor of Victoria. He was promoted to Lieutenant in March 1902 and to Captain in January 1907. He took part in the operations in Rhodesia, May 1900, and in the Transvaal and west of Pretoria in May to June 1901; and in the Orange River Colony, July to October 1901 (Queen’s Medal with 4 clasps; King’s Medal with two clasps). He served as Adjutant to the 1st Battalion from March 1909 to March 1912, and to the 4th Territorial Battalion from November 1912. He went to India with his battalion in October 1914, after the outbreak of the European War, and from there to Mesopotamia in March 1915, and was killed in action at the battle of Nasiriya, 24 July 1915.
Sold with an Army Post Card home to his wife ‘I am quite well’, signed ‘Fred 4/5/15’, two news cuttings and a copied portrait photograph, together with other research.
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