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Arthur Edward BARNES

Regimental number5043
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressCommercial Road, Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Next of kinMother, Mrs I Barnes, Commercial Road, Bulimba, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date11 October 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name9th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/26/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A16 Star of Victoria on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll49th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 29 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 1 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the tour of this Brigade in the line near BROODSEINDE Lance Corporal BARNES was in charge of a Lewis gun team and whilst the Battalion was holding the front line in a very exposed position at DAISY WOOD on the night of the 9th/10th October, 1917, this N.C.O. although his gun and his team were blown up, by his readiness and resource extradited his team and gun from their position and in very short space of time was ready for action. The position of his gun at the time was one of extreme importance and his resource and coolness was the means of giving confidence to the members of his section and rendering his position strong in case of an enemy counter attack, which at the time appeared probable.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Western Front

Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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