John Hamilton Barr

Biography of John Hamilton Barr

John Hamilton Barr was born on the 8 June 1911 in Lesmahagow, Lanarkshire. He was the son of Barbara (Foggo) and Alexander Barr, a Colliery Fireman.

He matriculated at the University of Glasgow on the 24 September 1930, aged 19, to read for a science degree. He studied Maths, Natural Philosophy, Chemistry, Geology and Botany, and he graduated with a BSc on the 4 November 1933. After graduating he became a teacher in Dalbeattie and in 1939 he married Anne (Anderson) McDiarmid Barr of the same town, in Colvend. His wife’s parents were Alford and Jane Anderson of Craigbittern, Sandyhills, Covend.

During the Second World War he became a Flight Sergeant in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 172 Squadron. He went missing in action on the 29 September 1943, aged 32. His Wellington bomber, equipped with Leigh Searchlight, was lost after taking off from FRA Chivenor in North Devon on an anti-submarine patrol in the Western Approaches/ Bay of Biscay.John is also remembered on the Runnymede memorial, England and on the Dalbeattie War Memorial.


R8/5/52/1, Matriculation record, “A-B”, 1931-1932

R4/5/15, BSc Graduation schedule, 1932-1933

DC183/11/60, General Council Register, 1935

DC183/11/65, General Council Register, 1940

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, external source, (CWGC)

Ken Morrison, Scottish War Memorials Project, external source, project webpage


John Hamilton Barr
Born 8 June 1911, Lesmahagow, Scotland.
Died 29 September 1943.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BSc, 1933;
Father's Details: Alexander Hamilton Barr; Colliery fireman
War Service: Flight Sergeant, Royal Air Force
Grave / Memorial: Runnymede Memorial, England
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Record last updated: 19th Apr 2016

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