6th Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders, 30th June 1915
Circumstances of Death
Private Daniel Barron, from Elgin, who had worked as a mason, was killed on the 30th June 1915 while he was sitting in a dug-out reading a newspaper. A bullet passed through the trench parapet, came into the dug-out entrance and struck him on the back, the bullet passed through his body and exited through his left chest, he died within minutes. He was later buried in what was to become the Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie, Pas de Calais, France along with other members of the battalion killed on the same day.
Morayshire Roll of Honour
Extract from the above 1921 publication – Barron, Daniel, No.2629, Private, Seaforth Highlanders (6th); born at Elgin, August 6th, 1885; joined at Elgin, 1914; served in France; killed in action in France, 30th June, 1915. Son of James and Abigail Barron, 10, Union Street, Elgin. Occupation – Mason.
Further Military and Civilian Research
John Barron enlisted into the Seaforth Highlanders at Elgin, Morayshire.
According to the Register of Soldiers Effects, the sole Legate to his pension went to his mother Abigail.
Daniel Barron was born at Elgin, August 6th, 1885. The following family information is taken from the Morayshire Roll of Honour, Family Headstone and the 1891 and 1901 Census.
His family is shown as follows :-
- Father – James Barron, died 28 November 1920, Occupation – Railway Carter.
- Mother – Abigail McConnachie or Barron, born c.1857 at Elgin, died 14 October 1931.
- Brother – Donald Barron, born c.1885 at Elgin – Mill Worker (Wool Dyer)
- Sister – Jessieann, born c.1887 at Elgin, died 4 November 1922.
- Brother – James, born 21st April 1890 at Elgin.
- Brother – William Alexander, born 15 June 1893 at Elgin, died of wounds 11 July 1917.
There is a possibility that Donald and Daniel are one in the same person as the name Daniel does not appear in the 1901 census but the year of birth is the same.
In the Morayshire Roll of Honour, his address is given as 10, Union Street, Elgin and in later documents, it is given as 10 Lossie Wynd, Elgin. In 1919 Union Street was re-named as Lossie Wynd, Elgin.
Daniel Barron is honoured and remembered on the Elgin City and Parish War Memorial, Moray. He is also honoured on the Seaforth Highlanders Memorial at Cooper Park, Elgin.
Links to Additional Information
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Daniel Barron
- Lives of the First World War – Daniel Barron
- A Street Near You website – Daniel Barron
- I.W.M. – Elgin and Parish War Memorial
- Find a Grave – Daniel Barron
- Brother – William Alexander Barron – 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company
- Brother – James Barron – Royal Garrison Artillery
- Register of Soldiers Effects.
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
- Medal Roll – Seaforth Highlanders – Victory and British War Medals.
- Medal Index Card.
- Soldiers Died in the Great War Index.
- Pension Record – Daniel Barron.
- Family Grave – Elgin.
- Book – The Spirit of the Troops is Excellent by Derek Bird.
- Vincent Stuart