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Barlow, John Edgar (1888–1915)

Lieutenant John Edgar Barlow, of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade, who was killed in action at the Dardanelles between August 6 and 8, was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. John Barlow, of Wahroonga, Bishop's Avenue, Randwick. He was educated at St. Aloysius College and St. Ignatius College, Riverview, and on leaving school became an expert wool classor, and engaged in agricultural and pastoral pursuits. Later he spent a year at the Wagga Experimental Farm acquiring a knowledge of wheat culture. He held a second lieutenant's commission in the old 2nd Infantry Regiment, and when war broke out was one of the first to enlist. He was appointed to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Brigade, of the Australian Imperial Force, retaining his militia rank. While in training at Mena Camp he was promoted to a first lieutenancy. He took part in all the heavy fighting that marked the Australasian landing at Gaba Tepe, and after three weeks in the trenches was invalided back to Egypt suffering from a slight attack of pneumonia. He remained a month at a convalescent home for officers near Alexandria, and then returned to the front about the middle of June, where he was promoted to second in command of his battalion and acting adjutant. His appointment as captain was expected. He probably fell in what General Birdwood and Sir lan Hamilton describe as "the magnificent charge of the 1st Infantry Brigade," which took place early in August, and was responsible for the death of so many gallant officers.

The late Lieutenant Barlow was an enthusiastic surfer and a member of the Bondi Lifesaving Club. While convalescing in Alexandria he and the late Lieutenant E. M. McFarlane, a fellow officer of the 3rd Battalion, who was recovering from wounds received at the memorable landing, rather astonished the frequenters of Stanly Bay, a fashionable bathing resort, by indulging in some "shooting" among the breakers of the bay. The two returned to Gallipoli about the same time, and it has since been announced that Lieutenant McFarlane died of wounds on August 2.

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'Barlow, John Edgar (1888–1915)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/barlow-john-edgar-1525/text1532, accessed 12 August 2020.

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