Colin Fraser Barron
Colin Fraser Barron
|Born||20 September 1893|
Baldavie, Boyndie, Banffshire, Scotland
|Died||15 August 1958 (aged 64)|
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Prospect Cemetery, Toronto
|Service/||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Unit||3rd (Toronto) Battalion|
|Battles/wars||World War I|
Colin Fraser Barron VC (20 September 1893 – 15 August 1958) was a Canadian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was born at Boyndie, Banffshire, Scotland, a son of Margaret Walker Barron, a domestic servant. He was raised in a large household by his grandparents Joseph Barron & Mary (née Reid) Barron along with his brother Alexander Barron and many other half-siblings and aunts and uncles. He emigrated to Canada in 1910, and enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914.
Barron was 24 years old, and a Corporal in the 3rd (Toronto) Battalion, CEF during the First World War when he was awarded the Victoria Cross. On 6 November 1917 at the Battle of Passchendaele, Belgium, when his unit was held up by three machine-guns, Corporal Barron opened fire on them at point-blank range, rushed the guns, killed four of the crew and captured the remainder. He then turned one of the captured guns on the retiring enemy, causing severe casualties. This action produced far-reaching results and enabled the advance to continue.
He later achieved the rank of sergeant-major, and during the Second World War he served with the Royal Regiment of Canada. He is buried in Veteran's Section 7, grave 3562 at Prospect Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
He was Initiated into Freemasonry in Lodge St Andrew, No. 52, (Banff, Scotland) on 21 March 1918, Passed on 20 January and Raised 3 February 1919.
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- The Great War 1914-1918 Victoria Cross Freemasons. Granville Angell. 2014. Pp.47-51. ISBN 978-0-9563661-7-7
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Scotland's Forgotten Valour (Graham Ross, 1995)
- VCs of the First World War - Passchendaele 1917 (Stephen Snelling, 1998)