Barton Family History

Barton, Francis Maxwell (Tobi)

Male 1893 - 1916  (23 years)


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  • Name Barton, Francis Maxwell (Tobi) 
    Born 11 Aug 1893 
    Gender Male 
    Military Enlist
    • He joined the AIF 13th Battalion.


      France 1918, North West of Pozieres

      On August 8th the 15th Battalion had gallantly captured Fifteenth and Barton Trenches from Point 85 on the Left to 95 on the Right. They had intended to capture from 77 on the Left, but the Suffolks on that flank were held up and German machine-gunners at 77 were strong. Then our guns shelled the new position so severely that the 15th had to retire to their original line, part of which I have called Henley Trench.

      At 1a.m. on the 10th, the 16th Battalion, (our "A" Coy. supporting, and its bombers advancing with the 16th) under a tremendous barrage, advanced from Henley Trench between 85 and 69, recaptured what the 15th had captured and advanced still farther to Sixteenth and Barton Trenches between 77 and 95, the 14th Battalion also advancing their left from 12 in O.G. 2 to 24 in Fourteenth Trench.

      During the advance of the 16th our "A" Coy., under heavy shelling, dug a deep C.T. -THIRTEENTH TRENCH-from Henley to Sixteenth Trench, Capt. Barton and Lt. Wells (Toby and Bomb) aligning, digging and moving about among the men in a cool and inspiring manner.

      The 4th Brigade line therefore, at daybreak on August 10th ran along Sixteenth and Barton Trenches from 77 through 43, 53 and 95 to 24. The 16th also took over Ration Trench that morning, and that evening the 13th relieved the 15th in Barton Trench-43, 53, 95, 24 -with Battalion Headquarters near 91 in Henley Trench, and we immediately prepared for our first "hop-over" in France, and our first attack under a creeping barrage. This barrage, so the gunners told us, had to be uncertain, for, on account of the extinction of roads and landmarks, no one could say exactly where our H.O.T. was, or our objective. A sunken road nearby could not be found, the earth having been torn to pieces.

      The night of the 10th was quiet for the Front Line, but cruel for supports, "B" suffering all night and next day, losing among so many their C.S.M. Nicholson.

      At 1 a.m. on the 11th the barrage came down extremely heavily and closer to us than we had expected. For a while it remained stationary, "A" on the Right, and "D" on the Left, advancing almost up to it, many in their eagerness having to be held back. The night was not only very dark, but a heavy fog had descended, rendering observation even a yard in front a matter of difficulty. There was nothing to do but stumble forward behind the bursting shells amid the tornado of bullets from front and flanks, and even from the right rear.

      Our objective was believed to be a trench 100; yards out, but we advanced 200 yards without meeting it or any enemy. When our barrage became stationary, all dug in. Barton moved about among his platoons supervising and inspiring. Leaving Wells to go farther left to see McGown, he disappeared, no one knowing just how, when or where but from that moment no trace of him has been found. As he was not captured he is placed K.I.A. Had he met the enemy, "Toby" would certainly have sold his life dearly.
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    Died 11 Aug 1916  Pozieres, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • He has a monument near Robert Darvell Bartons grave in the Field of Mars Cemetery, Ryde.
    Person ID I0158  Barton Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2010 

    Father Barton, Henry Francis,   b. 5 Nov 1853,   d. 26 Oct 1902  (Age 48 years) 
    Mother Windeyer, Cecilia Flora,   b. 26 Oct 1865,   d. 12 Aug 1943  (Age 77 years) 
    Married 1888 
    Family ID F0053  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Sources 
    1. [S0002] The Fighting Thirteenth.