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Lieutenant Samuel Tudor Barr

3rd (King's Own) Hussars, Household Cavalry and Cavalry of the Line (incl. Yeomanry and Imperial Camel Corps) Regimental Number ----
Born: ---- Died: 1915-02-23 Aged: -- Enlisted: ------

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Grandson of Mr Samuel Barr, J.P., Claremont, Tyrone

Lieutenant Barr's father, the eminent physician, Sir James Barr, was born at Claremont, near Donemana, County Tyrone, in 1849. He was educated at the Academy, Londonderry, and Glasgow University, and his first professional appointment was as house physician at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Subsequently he went on a voyage to South America and on his arrival in Liverpool in 1874 he was appointed to the Northern Hospital as house physician.

Much excitement followed his visit to Ireland to report on the condition of Irish prisons at a time when the Home Rule controversy was in full spate. Vehement protests were made by the Nationalists against the conditions under which political prisoners were being treated and Lord Balfour, then Chief Secretary for Ireland, requested that an English prison medical officer should be sent across to report on the matter.

A storm burst when Dr Barr reported that the conditions in Irish prisons, regarding both diet and hygiene, were better than those in English gaols and that, considering their refusal to obey prison orders, the political prisoners were being treated with marked leniency. The Nationalists were furious and Dr Barr's life was threatened on frequent occasions.

Sir James Barr had a distinguished career in many of the big centres in Great Britain and practised medicine for 50 years in Liverpool. He lived in London from 1926, when he retired from active service, and died in November 1938, at the age of 89.