Douglas Robert Barber

b. 28 February 1923, d. 21 October 1995
FatherLeslie Robert William Barber b. 18 Sep 1897, d. 19 Jul 1976
MotherVictoria May Griffiths b. 10 Jul 1897, d. 23 Mar 1990
Douglas Robert (Bob) Barber WW2
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Douglas Robert Barber was born on 28 February 1923 at Brighton, Sussex, England.1 He was the son of Leslie Robert William Barber and Victoria May Griffiths.
Douglas Robert Barber was a bus conductor then later a cashier with the Brighton Borough Transport bus company.
Douglas Robert Barber witnessed the death of Victoria May Griffiths on 23 March 1990 at St Anne's Rest Home, 9 Stanford Avenue, Brighton, Sussex, England; She died of myocardial degeneration and arteriosclerosis.2
Bob was very shy and never married. His brother Ron’s wife, Freda, said that Bob was so shy that in the early years of their marriage he would be uncomfortable if left alone in the room with her. Bob lived with his parents all his life and was left living alone at 255 Freshfield Road when his mother could no longer look after herself and went to live at St Anne’s Rest Home. He lived there until he died in 1995.
Bob was a bus conductor then later a cashier with the Brighton Borough Transport bus company for most of his life, but he did also serve in WW2. His record of service shows that his final rank was Trooper (service no. 7958232) enlisting with the Royal Armoured Corps on 30 April 1942, and serving with the 6th Royal Tank Regiment, the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry and the 17th/21st Lancers up to 1947. He appears to have undertaken training in gun mechanics and his release document states “Has marked practical ability having passed more than requisite tests in the army. Is fully recommended for practical work of any nature as he shows a distinct flair. Honest & trustworthy.
Bob collapsed and died at 9:30pm at the Gala Theatre in Brighton (used to be the Astoria cinema where his brother Ron had his first job) in the company of his friend and neighbour Ruby Commons while playing the poker machines at a bingo evening, his favourite pastime. Ruby phoned his family in Australia at 5:00am Perth time and by 6:00pm that day brothers Tony and Geoff Barber were flying to England to arrange his funeral and settle his affairs. Bob was cremated at Downs Crematorium and a get-together was held afterwards at the Freshfield Inn in Freshfield Rd for his neighbours & friends. Bob is the only member of the family to have visited Australia (three times). This was really the passing of an era as Bob was the last Barber of our family to live in Brighton. He was a gentle and thoughtful man.
Douglas Robert Barber died on 21 October 1995 at Brighton, Sussex, England, at age 72.3
His body was cremated on 27 October 1995 at Downs Crematorium, Brighton, Sussex, England.


  1. [S144] General Register Office Indexes to Births, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1923, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 325."
  2. [S506] Copy death certificate of Victoria May Barber, died 23 Mar 1990, registered 26 Mar 1990 in the Registration District of Brighton, Sussex, England (General Register Office, England, GRO Index Ref: Vol 18, Page 95, Reg 03/90).
  3. [S143] General Register Office Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct 1995, Brighton, Register number: C54A, District and Subdistrict: 4521C, Entry number: 271."