(Courtesy of Geoff Whitfield, UK)
David John Barton was born on the 18th January, 1890 in the hamlet of Wicken, Cambridge. The third son, and fourth child of agricultural labourer Shaw Barton and his wife Mary. His siblings were Ellen, Sydney and Stephen (1). By early 1912 the family were living at "Belle Vue" Cottage in Coopers Row.
David Barton planned to emigrate to the USA together with two of his friends, Arthur Taylor and Sidney Day (2). They had obtained positions with the Kodak Company in Rochester. The trio set off for Southampton but to his acute embarrassment, David failed the medical inspection owing to a blemish on his face which the inspectors declared to be possibly contagious. His friends were forced to sail without him. He tried again but was once more rejected until finally being accepted to sail on the Titanic. Kodak had held the position for him until his departure. He boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a third class passenger (ticket number 324669, £8 1s).
Barton lost his life in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.