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Harry Walter Barlow


He was born on the 2nd February 1864. Son of Henry Walter Barlow and Frances Vipont Herbert (nee Thorpe). His father died in 1867 when Harry was 3 and his mother remarried William Rogers Arthur Stirling and Harry was living with them in Chelsea during the 1871 census. His stepfather, William Stirling, was a actor. His mother died on 10th May 1875. When she died the children contested her will as she had a considerable inheritance.

Raised in the home of his guardian & uncle OTB Postmaster of Bath, with his brother educ Clifton & Neuenheim near Heidelburg (at an English school kept by a Dr Klose);Clifton College 1880-1881. Sandhurst.

Married 28th July 1887 Mable Moore in Stourbridge. Divorced by his wife and married the corespondant Ada Branson in 1890.

Nov 1884 joined 1st South Staffs Regt (80th) in Jani, Sudan; fought in the Nile Campaign 1884-86: Khedive Star & Clasp; then with Frontier Field Force - Baggage Master & Railway Staff Officer at Ramleh, Alexandria. October 1889 (daur's birth), at Gibraltar, with 38th Regt - South Staffs Regt. Boer War - 74th (Dublin) Imperial Yeomanry, 16th Bn; July 1900 at Petrusville, a Captain.  Queen's South Africa Medal with Clasps for Cape Colony, OFS & Transvaal. March 1901 invalided home. Military Administrator, District of Britstown, after the War. Major 5 November 1905.

Tutor/Companion to the son of son of the Maharaja of Sirmoor. He answered an advert in The Times for the job. Harry's boss was Surinder Bikram Parkash - born 1867, ruled 1898-1911 - whose only son was Amar Parkash Bahadur - ruled 1911-33, married a Nepalese princess in 1910.  Harry was employed by the Royal Govt of Sirmoor, and would have reported to the British Commissioner of Delhi. SBP donated 20,000 lbs of tea to the British Govt for the soldiers in the Boer War. Kipling was a frequent visitor to Simla 1885-88.  "Kim" (published in 1901) contains a reference to English tutor/companions to the sons of Maharajahs, and he would have had people like Harry in mind.

Died 21st July 1909 of cholera in hospital in Nahan, India on his way by train to Bombay to meet up with his wife Ada.  The 1904 Gazetteer of India said "cholera appears every ten years or so". 

Buried Nicholson Cemetery, Delhi (Grave # 800F Puckka Plot 15 #25).