Carl Barlow (left) and his brother Robert Barlow (right) circa 1916
courtesy of Andy McClure
According to his attestation papers dated July 29, 1915 at Toronto, Carl Barlow was born on February 4, 1897 in Humber Bay, Ontario. He listed his father Robert Barlow, Mimico Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a tinsmith and had no previous military experience. He was 18 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 inches in height. He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. He was a Methodist. According to the 1911 census he was actually born in Feb 1898 and so was only 17 years old at the time of his enlistment.
Carl was originally part of the 74th Canadian Overseas Battalion. He embarked on the Empress of Britain from Halifax on March 29, 1916 and arrived in Liverpool, England on April 9, 1916. In June 1916 he was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion in France. He was killed on October 10, 1916 in the Courcelette sector at the Battle of the Somme. His remains were never found as he is listed on the Vimy Memorial in France. According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was 18 years old and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barlow of 104 Mimico Avenue, Mimico, Ontario.
His brothers Samuel, William and Robert also enlisted but survived the war.
Images courtesy of Andy McClure