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John Delury Barber

In memory of:

Lieutenant John Delury Barber

June 8, 1945

Military Service






Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve



Additional Information

Son of Ida T. Barber, of Toronto, Ontario; husband of Mary Barber, of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 493 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

Lot 144. Sec. D.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Soldiers' Tower Memorial– The Soldiers’ Tower was built by the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1924 as a memorial to the Great War of 1914-1918. The names of those who died in that conflict are carved on the Memorial Screen at photo left. After the Second World War, more names were placed in the Memorial Arch at the Tower’s base. In total, almost 1200 names are inscribed.  A Memorial Room inside the Tower contains mementoes and artifacts, and a 51-bell carillon serves as the audio element of the living memorial to the alumni, students, faculty and staff who died in the World Wars. The Soldiers’ Tower is the site of an annual Service of Remembrance. Photo: Kathy Parks, Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Arch– The names of those who died in the Second World War were added to the archway beneath the Soldiers’ Tower in 1949. The name of “Lt J. D. BARBER R.C.N.V.R.” is among the names inscribed. Photo: Cody Gagnon, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Room– Soldiers’ Tower, University of Toronto. Photo: David Pike, courtesy of Alumni Relations.
  • Memorial Book– University of Toronto Memorial Book, Second World War 1939-1945. Published by the Soldiers’ Tower Committee, 1993. Entry on page 3 reads: Lt (SB) John Delury BARBER

RCNVR. Graduate UTS 1926.   University College, BA 1937, MA 1938.   Naval Officers’ Course, July 1940.   Drowned in an accident off New Brunswick while serving in HMCS Captor, 8 June 1945.  Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, London, Ontario.
  • Photo of John Delury Barber– Image of Barber from Torontonensis, University of Toronto yearbook, 1937.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Toronto Star June 1945. Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Gravemarker

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