Colonel Nathaniel Dunbar Barton

Service Number NX70413
Birth Date 05 June 1894
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Wellington
Death Date 25 April 1985
Final Rank Colonel
Units
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 23 May 1918 on page 1125 at position 60
London Gazette 16 January 1918 on page 937 at position 28

Nathaniel Dunbar Barton was a 20 year old medical student from Wellington, New South Wales who enlisted in the 7th Light Horse Brigade. Prior to the outbreak of the First World War, Barton had been a second lieutenant in the 34th Battalion of the Citizen Military Forces. He departed Sydney aboard HMAT Ajana on 19 December 1914 and arrived in Egypt in early February 1915. Two of his brothers, Private Denis Hampden Barton and Private Brian Templar Barton also enlisted. After joining the fighting at Gallipoli in early May 1915, Barton was promoted to lieutenant. He was wounded in July and returned to Egypt to recuperate. In 1916 and 1917, Barton served with the 7th Light Horse across the Middle East, including the battle of Romani. He was promoted to the rank of major in September 1916. In mid-1918 Barton received a Mention in Despatches for assisting the 5th Light Horse to defend their position on a key hill at Tel-el-Negily. After returning to Australia Barton completed his studies in medicine and began working in Parkes, New South Wales. Barton also served during the Second World War as a lieutenant colonel with the Medical Corps at Darwin and Moratai, New Guinea. During this time, he was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his distinguished service to the war effort in New Guinea. After the war, Nathaniel Barton returned to Australia and settled in Wellington, New South Wales where he established a successful private medical practice.

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Date of birth 1894-06-05
Date of embarkation 1914-12-19
Date of recommendation honour or award 1915-09-08
Date of recommendation honour or award 1915-09-21
Date of recommendation honour or award 1916-01-05
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-11
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917-09-11
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-02-28
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-02-28
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-02-28
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-04-24
Date of death 1985

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