Lieutenant (N) John DeLury Barber
SAC 1920-1924

Lieutenant (N) John DeLury Barber was the son of Ida T. Barber, of Toronto; husband of Mary Barber, of London and attended St. Andrew's College from 1920 to 1924.

John Barber was born in Toronto on November 18, 1909 and attended S.A.C. for four years: 1920-24. He later went on to attend the University of Toronto where he studied mathematics, eventually receiving his Master’s degree. While there he lived at home for a time and on the night of December 29, 1929 he saved his family from a carbon monoxide leak. Barber eventually took up a teaching position at the University of Manitoba in 1939, but left soon thereafter to enlist in military service.

Barber joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and served aboard the H.M.C.S. Captor. Barber joined the Royal Canadian Navy on August 17, 1940 and was promoted to quite rapidly to Lieutenant in only six months time.  Over the next four years he would be posted around the country at HMCS Venture, Annapolis and Bytown until August of 1944 when he was posted to the government’s biological research station at St. Andrew’s, New Brunswick as Naval Officer In-charge (NOIC). He had been recruiting into a joint research project between the navy and the National Research Council studying underwater sound transmission, presumably to improve sonar equipment.

On the night of June 8, 1945 he drowned after rowing a dinghy out into the St. Croix River; his body was not recovered until August.  He was married and had one son. He drowned at the age of  35. He is buried in the London (Mount Pleasant) Cemetery, Ontario, Canada (Grave Reference: Lot 144. Sec. D.)

  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial Page for J. Delury Barber.
  • Commemorated on Page 493 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.