Herbert was born about 1898. The census of 1901 records him with his family living at Chequer Bronington. Head of the household was William Barlow 44, a House Decorator who had been born in Malpas. His wife Anne was 33 and had been born in Lewisham. Their listed children were all born in Bronington and were, Frederick 11, Stanley 9, Gladys 6 and Herbert 3.
Ten years later in the census of 1911, the family was still living at Chequer, Whitchurch. William was 53 and still a House Decorator. His wife of 24 years, Annie Elizabeth was 41. (This census says she’d been born in Oxfordshire). She had given birth to 4 children all of whom survived. Those listed at home on census night were Frederick 22 a House Decorator, Gladys 16 was a General Domestic Servant. William Herbert was 13 and at school.
UK Soldiers who Died in the Great War 1914 -19 accessible on www.ancestry.co.uk confirms the regimental details at the top of this page. It adds that he enlisted in Whitchurch and tells us he was killed in action in France/Flanders. His medal index card also on Ancestry, lists his two medals and reveals that he had a previous regimental number, 4148.
The Register of Soldier’s effects in which the Army calculated monies owed to deceased soldiers, lists Herbert Barlow and says he was ‘presumed dead’ on the 13th November 1916. His father William was his sole Legatee and he received the £5..9sh..0d that was outstanding.
There is an index card for Albert William Barlow in The Flintshire Roll of Honour at The County Record Office in Hawarden. The address given is The Choe Bronington. The regimental details are confirmed as at the top of this page. The card says
“Went out to France in November 1916. Missing since 13th November 1916”
The card was signed on 16th September 1919 by W Edwyn Jones