Frederick Barter

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Frederick Barter
Frederick Barter.jpg
Born 17 January 1891
Cardiff, Glamorganshire, Wales
Died 15 May 1952(1952-05-15) (aged 61)
Poole, Dorset, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Captain
Unit The Royal Welch Fusiliers
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Military Cross
Cross of St. George (Russia)

Frederick Barter VC MC (17 January 1891 – 15 May 1952) was a Welsh 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 in Cardiff. He was 24 years old, and a company sergeant-major in the Special Reserve, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, British Army, attached to the 1st Battalion, The Royal Welch Fusiliers during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 16 May 1915 at Festubert, France, Company Sergeant-Major Barter, when in the first line of German trenches, called for volunteers to enable him to extend our line, and with the eight men who responded, he attacked the German position with bombs, capturing three German officers, 102 men and 500 yards of their trenches. He subsequently found and cut 11 of the enemy's mine leads situated about 20 yards apart.[1]

He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Special Reserve, The Royal Welch Fusiliers, 26 August 1915.[2]

On 16 March 1917 he was seconded on probation with the Indian Army and was attached to the 4th battalion 3rd Queen Alexandra's Own Gurkha Rifles, with seniority as a Second Lieutenant of 26 May 1916.[3] He was promoted Lieutenant 26 May 1917. He was awarded the Military Cross in the London Gazette 26 July 1918.

The citation is as follows:

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when ordered to make a flank attack. He led his two platoons up a precipitous hill and turned the enemy's flank. Then, placing one platoon with two Lewis guns to command the enemy's line of retreat, he gallantly led an attack with the other platoon from the rear and flank, killing or capturing practically the whole garrison."

He was admitted to the Indian Army on 6 May 1918, promoted captain on 26 May 1920 and retired from the Indian Army on 5 November 1922.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum at Caernarfon Castle.


  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 29210. p. 6269. 29 June 1915. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. ^ London Gazette 25 August 1915
  3. ^ January 1919 Indian Army List

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