Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1914, Captain William Henry Joseph Barber-Starkey, 52nd Battery, the Royal Field Artillery, died of wounds received two weeks earlier during the Battle of Le Cateau.
The eldest son of a Justice of the Peace, he was educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. In the year 1900, he was gazetted to the Royal Field Artillery from the Forfarshire Militia. On the 17th of August in 1914 he went to France with the British Expeditionary Force, and saw action in the Battle of Le Cateau, during which he was wounded and then listed as missing in action.
Twice in early September Captain Barber-Starkey was reported as being a prisoner-of-war at Torgau, on the banks of the Elbe in northwestern Saxony in Germany, and that he was not wounded – such reports turned out to be untrue. His parents did not receive any information as to his whereabouts until they were notified by the Red Cross International Agency of Prisoners of War in Geneva that he had died in the German Field Hospital at Le Cateau. He is buried in the Le Cateau Communal Cemetery in France.
William, from Huttons Ambo in Yorkshire, was 34 years old.