Stubbings, Barry John (No. 5392025)

Stubbings, Barry John (Barry)

Private

No. 5392025, Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry

Died of disease in service on Saturday 14 March 1942 (aged 15)

Buried:

Bangor Cemetery, Co. Down (Section 5. X. Grave 20)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

BIOGRAPHY

On Barry John Stubbings’s CWGC headstone in Bangor Cemetery, Newtownards Road, Bangor, it is recorded that he was 16 years old when he died.  His birth was registered in the third quarter of 1926 in Woolwich, London and so it is likely that he had not yet reached his 16th birthday when he died.

Barry John Stubbings’s paternal grandfather, James Stubbings, worked as a carpenter and he was from Chelmsford in Essex.

Barry’s father, Allan John Stubbings, who was born on 27 March 1897 was one of eleven children.

The marriage of Allan John Stubbings and Kathleen M. Hughes was registered in the second quarter of 1918 in Woolwich, London.

Kathleen’s death was registered in the third quarter of 1926 in Woolwich, London – the same quarter as Barry’s birth.

Kathleen Stubbings was 28 when she died, and three years later Barry’s father remarried.  The marriage of Allan John Stubbings and Violet Ivy Rose Fisher, who was born on 31 March 1903, was registered in the fourth quarter of 1929 in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

Allan John Stubbings was an engineer and Violet Ivy Rose Stubbings was a secretary and they made frequent trips across the Atlantic.

In December 1937 Allan (described then as an engraver) sailed on his own from Southampton to the USA aboard the SS Washington.

In April 1945 both Allan and Violet arrived at Southampton from New York aboard the John Ericsson and at that time their address was 2 Orchard Park, Dartington, Totnes, Devon.

In December 1945 both sailed from Avonmouth, Bristol to New York aboard the Loreto.

Allan flew from San Francisco to Sydney in October 1947.

In January 1957 Allan sailed to New York aboard the Queen Elizabeth and in March 1957 he returned to Southampton aboard RMS Ivernia.

In September 1960 Allan sailed from Southampton to New York aboard the SS Liberte.

Violet Ivy Rose Stubbings’s death was registered in the fourth quarter of 1981 in Exeter, Devon.

Barry John Stubbings joined the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, and he was just 15 years old when he died of diphtheria on 14 March 1942 in Purdysburn Fever Hospital, Belfast.  His home address at the time of his death was 5 Orchard Street, Dartington, Totnes, Devon.