W. [Harry] Barlow was born on 24 December 1886. Harry’s father and mother, Mr J. and Mrs C. Barlow, lived in Radcliffe, Manchester, England.
Harry had a sister living in the South Island. Harry was a miner at Wakamarina in 1914.
His army serial number was 6/194 and he was a private when he enlisted on 17 August 1914. He embarked on 16 October 1914 with the 12th (Nelson) Company in the Canterbury Infantry Battalion, NZEF.
He was sent to Gallipoli. At Quinn’s Post on Walker’s Ridge on 21-22 June he distinguished himself. He crawled from his trench, without orders, to reconnoiter a Turkish shelter. He bombed it and returned with two Turkish bombs in hand.
At the advance on Chunuk Bair on 7 August he suffered a wound which caused blindness in his right eye. He contracted influenza two weeks later and was invalided to England.
He returned to New Zealand on the troopship Rotorua. He was discharged from the NZEF on 16 March 1916.
He was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions.
He attested again in the armed forces, 9 October 1919 and the medical report mentions his disability of blindness in the left eye. He finally left the army being discharged on 27 July 1920.
He died at Christchurch on 8 July 1954.