Born at Belton on 3rd February 1898, Herbert was the second son and one of the five children of Richard and Sarah Ann Barton (nee Hewson). His mother was from Monk Fryston and his father from Thorne was a farmer who had farmed at South Pilfrey Farm since at least 1901
Wilfred enlisted in the army at Scunthorpe mostly likely post 1915. Until April 1918 although the age of enlistment was 18 a soldier could not legally serve overseas until aged 19 (although many young soldiers did) so as Herbert was serving with the local Territorial Force training unit, 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, Lincolnshire Regiment, it is probable he had yet to see overseas service.They did however conduct several recruitment drives, led by their band, through the Isle of Axholme.
Herbert died at home whilst in service with the 3rd Lincoln’s. He is buried in Althorpe Churchyard and remembered on both Althorpe War Memorials.