About this objectFramed portrait of Cyril in army uniform, with slouch hat. Trees in the background. Framed with a wooden frame. Brass plaque attached to bottom of portraits on the frame with "NX32546
Sgt Cyril BARTER
2/3 Anti-Tank Regiment AIF WW2".
MakerAnne Marie Ingham
Medium and MaterialsAcrylic on canvas
Subject and Association DescriptionCyril Barter was born in England in 1911 and came to Australia under the Big Brother Movement. When Cyril enlisted he was almost thirty and was considered an “old bloke” by his Army mates, many still teenagers. Cyril served in the 2/3 Anti-Tank Regiment, arriving in the Middle East in December, 1940. He survived “close encounters with Panzers, armoured cars, minefields and enemy bombing and strafing” and during the Siege of Tobruk, his haversack was shot off his back. Once he hopped out of a truck to check the tyres and a bullet went between the spokes of the steering wheel. Cyril recalled that it was “lucky the column travelled slow enough for his guardian angel to keep up.” The Regiment also served in Palestine, New Guinea and Borneo and returned to Australia in 1945.
Dedicated to Cyril Barter
Service: 2/3 Anti-Tank Regiment AIF WW2
Service Number: NX32546
Date of Birth: 21 February 1911
Place of Birth: Cholham
Date of enlistment: 5 July 1940
Location of Enlistment:
Next of Kin: Hilda Barter
Date of Death: 24 September 1991