Barton, Charles Henry
No. 1111461, 79th Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Killed in a flying accident on Saturday 7 November 1942 (aged 23)
No known grave
Singapore Memorial (Column 414)
Family grave surround in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension) (Grave Q.59)
It is recorded in the CWGC Debt of Honour website that Sergeant Charles Henry Barton (No. 1111461) was a son of James and Edith Marie Barton of Bloomfield, Belfast.
James Barton was born on 16 October 1891 at 27 Solway Street, Belfast, and he was a son of Henry and Sarah Barton (nee Armstrong). Henry Barton, who was born in Scotland, worked a joiner and he and Sarah had at least eight children:
James (born 16 October 1891 at 27 Solway Street, Belfast)
Mary Ann McArthur (Polly born 6 January 1893 at 54 Solway Street, Belfast)
Henry (born 21 December 1894 at 54 Solway Street, Belfast)
Ellen Williamson (born 22 July 1896 at 54 Solway Street, Belfast)
Robert George Dinsmore (born 28 September 1897 at 54 Saul Street, Belfast)
Hugh Glover (born 11 December 1900 at 58 Solway Street, Belfast; died 30 December 1900)
William Adam (born 22 August 1902 at 58 Solway Street, Belfast)
Hugh Glover (born 29 April 1906 at 58 Solway Street, Belfast)
James Barton worked as a fitter, and he married Edith Marie Fye. Their son, Charles Henry Barton was born on 30 September 1919 at 20 Dufferin Avenue, Bangor.
During the Second World War Charles Henry Barton served with the RAF.
Sergeant Charles Henry Barton (No. 1111461) died on 7 November 1942 during a Hurricane training exercise while serving in India with RAF 79 Squadron. He was the Pilot of Hawker Hurricane airplane (BN692) which spun to the ground while carrying out aerobatic manoeuvres at Kanchrapara Airfield, West Bengal, India. Sergeant Charles Henry Barton (No. 1111461) took off at 1553 hours for formation flying practice alongside an airplane flown by Flying Officer Bowes. Sergeant Barton’s Hurricane spun out at 1640 hours crashing to the ground and killing the pilot. The aircraft was a write-off.
Sergeant Charles Henry Barton (No. 1111461) has no known grave and is commemorated on the Singapore Memorial. He is also commemorated on the Barton family grave surround in Belfast City Cemetery (Glenalina Extension) (Grave Q.59).
Buried in that grave were:
- Hugh Glover Barton from 67 Bloomfield Road, Belfast (formerly RAF) who died on 8 May 1947 (aged 41) and was buried on 10 May 1947.
- Ellen Williamson Barton from 67 Bloomfield Road, Belfast who died on 29 January 1954 (aged 67) and was buried the following day.
- Mary Ann McArthur Barton from 67 Bloomfield Road, Belfast who died on 16 April 1977 (aged 84) and was buried on 19 April 1977.
Commemorated on the headstone are:
Henry Barton who died on 20 October 1938
Sarah Barton (his wife) who died on 15 May 1945
Hugh Barton (his son) who died on 30 December 1900
Henry Barton (his son) who served with the Black Watch Regiment and was killed in action in France on 25 August 1917
Robert George Dinsmuir Barton (his son) who died on 20 August 1921
Ellen W Barton (his daughter) who died on 29 January 1954