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Donald Barten

1914

As war began, great excitement and enthusiasm for mobilisation swept through Europe. Donald Barten enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers at Hounslow, West London, as a private. He signed his 'short service' recruitment form on 21 September 1914.

Donald's height was recorded as 5' 10", he weighed 9 st 12 lbs, and had a chest measurement of 36 ". It was noted that his eyes and hair were brown and that he had a sallow complexion and a scar on the back of his neck.

Short service form

The 'Short Service' form, which Donald signed to enlist
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Donald was assigned to the 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers.

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