Harry Barling

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Harry Barling, singer from South Willesborough, Ashford, Kent, 1867 - 1947.

He was living at 110 Gladstone Road, South Willesborough when Francis Collinson collected songs from him on 3rd December 1942:

He had worked as a master carpenter, and was a member of the Aldington Brass Band for 45 years - he was bandmaster when he retired from the band in 1930. A keen cyclist, he died at the age of 80 when, cycling to visit his sons in nearby villages, he was in a collison with a motor-cyclist (Obituary in Kentish Express, Friday 19th September 1947).

Most likely the same Harry Barling who is listed in the 1901 Census as a Carrier General, living at Aldington, born at Ruckinge; and in the 1881 Census as living at the "Good Intent", Aldington Frith - son of Frank Barling (born 1819), Innkeeper and Carrier.

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