Lieutenant Wilfred Griffith Barlow
|Birth place:||Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Richmond|
|Death date:||12 May 1917|
|Death place:||France: Picardie, Somme, Bullecourt|
|Conflict:||First World War, 1914-1918|
|Unit:||58th Australian Infantry Battalion|
Wilfred Griffith Barlow was born at Richmond, Victoria, on 30 September 1886. He had been a second lieutenant in the 65th Infantry (City of Footscray) Regiment of the Citizens Forces, Australia's part-time army reserve force, and the 29-year-old school teacher enlisted as an officer with the Australian Imperial Force on 27 April 1916. Barlow departed Melbourne with reinforcements for the 58th Infantry Battalion aboard HMAT Shropshire on 25 September 1916.
After arriving in England in November 1916, Barlow and the other reinforcements spent the next few months in further training. In February the following year they joined the rest of the battalion on the Western Front and a few months later Barlow was promoted to the rank of honorary lieutenant. In several letters to a friend he made keen observations about the German army opposing them, commenting on their tactics, fortifications and organisation. Barlow also commented on the terrible conditions at the front, saying that he would fight again after the war to keep such a conflict away from Australia.
Barlow was killed during the Second Battle of Bullecourt on 12 May 1917 as the Australians and the British held off German attempts to retake the fortified village. According to the commanding officer of the 58th Battalion Barlow died after being badly wounded by a shell. He was originally buried near where he fell but the exact location of his grave was later lost. He was survived by his wife, Constance, and his four children. Wilfred Griffith Barlow is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial in France.
Portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Wilfred Griffith Barlow of Elsternwick, Victoria, and 58th Battalion. A school teacher with the Victorian Education Department prior to enlistment, Lt Barlow had ten years service with Junior and Senior Cadets and in the Citizen Forces with 66th and 65th Infantry. He...DA16049
Portrait of Lieutenant (Lt) Wilfred Griffith Barlow of Elsternwick, Victoria, and 58th Battalion. A school teacher with the Victorian Education Department prior to enlistment, Lt Barlow had ten years service with Junior and Senior Cadets and in the Citizen Forces with 66th and 65th Infantry. He...DA16048
Collection relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Griffith Barlow. Consists of a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Charles Aloysius Denehy (CO 58th Battalion), to Barlow's wife informing her of Barlow's death in action at Bullecourt on 12 May 1917. The letter, dated 7 October...PR00030
Collection relating to service of Lieutenant Wilfred Griffith Barlow, 58 Battalion, France 1916-1917. Collection consists of four letters written during 1916-17 by Barlow to a friend, Goodsir Fowler, in Australia describing leave taken in England and action on the Western Front, France.1DRL/0090
Letters relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Griffith Barlow, 58th Infantry Battalion. In this series of letters to his friend, Goodsir Fowler, Barlow describes the conditions and experiences on the Western Front and the characteristics of the German Army opposing them....RCDIG0000927
Letter relating to the First World War service of Lieutenant Wilfred Griffith Barlow. In a condolence letter to Barlow's widow, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Aloysius Denehy (the commanding officer of the 58th Battalion) writes of Barlow's death at the Second Battle of Bullecourt on 12 May 1917. He...RCDIG0001079
|Date of birth||1896|
|Date of embarkation||1916-09-25|
|Date of death||1917-05-12|