Biography

Birth date: 05 June 1894
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Wellington
Death date: 1985
Final rank: Colonel
Service number: First World War, 1914-1918
NX70413 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • 2/9 Australian General Hospital
  • 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Australian Army Medical Corps

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.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 19 December 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Honour

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: Australian Army Medical Corps
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Photograph

A03048

Informal group portrait of unidentified members of C Troop, C Squadron, 7th Light Horse Regiment.

A03048

H13771

Palestine. c. 1917. An outpost of the Australian 7th Light Horse Regiment on Flea Point, in the Gaza Area, under the command of Lieutenant Hardy. The outpost is observing Turkish Army cavalry across a wadi. (Donor Major N.D. Barton)

H13771

A03049

Group portrait of some of the original and 1st Reinforcement officers of the 7th Light Horse Regiment at Maadi. Identified left to right, back row: Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Alan Thorne, C Squadron (later Lt, killed in action 27 April 1915); 2nd Lt John Oswald Stevenson C Squadron (later Captain...

A03049

H13779

Maadi, Egypt. c. 1917. Major N.D. Barton of the 7th Australian Light Horse Regiment with his horse Cossack in a camp near Cairo. (Donor Major N.D. Barton)

H13779

A03047

An informal group portrait of some of the 7th Light Horse Regiment officers, taken with the Brigade Headquarters staff at Hill 70, Egypt July 1916. Back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) James Dalton; Captain (Capt) Keith Bruce Suttor; Major (Maj) Louis Walter Davies MC; Major (Maj) Edward...

A03047

Private Record

Barton, Nathaniel Dunbar CBE ED, (Colonel, b.1894 - d.1985)

Collection of letters written by Major Nathaniel Dunbar Barton to his family during the First World War. The letters provide a personal account of service as an officer in the 7th Light Horse Regiment. Commencing in Sydney with the formation of the Regiment, the letters cover service in Egypt,... Maker: Barton, Nathaniel Dunbar

2DRL/0055 (With records)

Magill, Eric Lindsay (Corporal, b.1893 - d.1915)

Collection relating to the service of 474 Corporal Eric Lindsay Magill, 7 Light Horse Regiment, AIF, Gallipoli, 1915. Collection consists of a typescript copy of a diary kept by Corporal Magill between 18 May 1915 and 10 October 1915. Copy made by Australian War Memorial in 1931. Location of... Maker: Magill, Eric Lindsay

2DRL/0212

Digitised Collection

Letters of Nathaniel Dunbar Barton, 1915 - 1917

Letters relating to the First World War service of Major Nathaniel Dunbar Barton, 7th Light Horse Regiment. This file contains: Letter from Nathaniel Dunbar Barton to mother, 22 December 1915; Typed extracts from letters of Nathaniel Dunbar Barton, dated 6 August 1916, 29 March 1917, 6 April 1917

RCDIG0000237

Timeline

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 1918-02-28
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-04-24
Date of death 1985