Barrie, Ernest George: Service no. 201115

Digitized Service Record


Christmas (1916/1917/1918). Barrie, Ernest George: Service no. 201115 circa 1916-1918. Location of picture unknown. The contributor believes that the 5th man from the left in the first row is Barrie. I believe he is the officer standing at the end of the table to the right. The 5th man looks like Barrie but does not have a full head of hair.
Barrie, Ernest George: Service no. 201115. Wearing his rank of a lieutenant, he was one of the few men that were commissioned before being posted overseas. It was more common to raise a man from the ranks once they were in active service. His commission was promulgated sometime in March 1916.
Lieutenant Ernest George Barrie, back row, centre, with other officers. He stood a tall 5″11.5″, being noticeably taller than the average soldier by about 5-inches. Circa 1916-1918. Location unknown.

From the book “Bruce in Khaki”:

“Lieutenant Ernest George Barrie enlisted as a Private into the 95th Canadian Infantry Battalion, CEF, and was commissioned  into the 160th (date unknown). He served with the 18th Canadian Infantry Battalion CEF following the breakup of the 160th Battalion in Feb. of 1918.”

Generations of Waterloo Information


BARRIE – Ernest George – Colonel (retired) OBE, ED, CD. Peacefully at the Golden Years Nursing Home, Cambridge, on Saturday, October 21st, 1989 in his 97th year. Beloved husband of Beatrice McMurtry, dear father of Marjorie Cruickshank of Kitchener and Douglas Barrie and his wife, Talma of Waterloo, survived also by five grandsons and six great grandchildren, he was predeceased by his first wife Ruth Marie Stewart, four brothers, two sisters and his son-in-law James A. Cruickshank. Born in Galt the son of Mr. and Mrs. George R. Barrie, he attended Dickie Settlement School and the Galt Collegiate, in 1910 he joined the staff of the Bank of Toronto in Galt and during the next 5 ½ years served in eight different branches from Toronto to Vancouver, during World War 1 he enlisted as a left lieutenant with the 118th overseas Battalion raised in Kitchener from the 108th Kitchener Militia Regiment and served overseas with the 18th Battalion in France, Belgium and Germany. After demobolization[sic] in 1919 he joined a family business latterly known as the Barrie Glove and Knitting Company Limited which he managed form 1921 until his retirement in 1969. In 1922 he joined the Waterloo Regiment which in turn became the North Waterloo Regiment and the Scotts Fusiliers of Canada as he rose to command the Regiment from 1930 to 1935 and again from 1940 to 1945 between he commanded the second Infantry Brigade in 1973 he was appointed honourary Coloniel[sic] of the Highland Fusilers[sic] of Canada for a three year term he was a member of the church of St. Johns the Avangelist[sic] an honourary member of the Highland Fusiliers of Canada officers Mess a lifetime member of the Royal Canadian Legion and a former member of the K.W. Rotary Club, Kitchener Chamber of Commerce, the Granite Club and the West Mount Golf and Country Club. Friends may call at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home, 621 King St. W. Kitchener, on Tuesday from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Removal will be made to the church of St. John the Avenagalist[sic] on Wednesday at 12 noon where the funeral and committal service will be held at 2:30 pm. Crimation[sic] to follow. As expressions of sympathy donations to the memorial fund of the Church of St. John the Avangelist[sic] will be greatly appreciated.

Cambridge Reporter 23 Oct 1989



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