Douglas Robert Barber

b. 28 February 1923, d. 21 October 1995
FatherLeslie Robert William Barber b. 18 Sep 1897, d. 17 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.
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. One document shows he was a Trooper with the 17th/21st Lancers (service no 7958232) from June 1945 to 16th August 1946.
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 72.2
His body was cremated on 27 October 1995 at Downs Crematorium, Brighton, Sussex, England.

Citations

  1. [S144] General Register Office Indexes to Births, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Apr-Jun 1923, Brighton, Vol 2b Page 325."
  2. [S143] General Register Office Indexes to Deaths, Sep 1837 - 2006, "Oct 1995, Brighton, Register number: C54A, District and Subdistrict: 4521C, Entry number: 271."