Born: December 14, 1891, Windhill, Yorkshire, England.
Died: August 1983, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Cremated: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Barraclough was educated in England, and studied organ and piano from age of five.
He worked for a while as a claims adjuster for the Car and General Insurance Company. From 1911–13, he was secretary to Member of Parliament George Scott Robertson.
He then joined the Chapman-Alexander evangelistic team as a pianist, and traveled with them to America and remained there.
He fought in World War I, rising to the rank of sergeant major
After the war, he became secretary, and later an administrator, of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (1919–61).
He wrote words for 20 hymns and tunes to 120.