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Regimental number2519
Place of birthWoodstock, Huon, Tasmania
Place of birthHobart, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCygnet, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Height5' 8"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Patrick Barnes, Woodstock, Huon, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 September 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 September 1916
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name40th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/57/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 25 October 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 17 March 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Patrick and Alice BARNES; Wife: Myre BARNES
Discharge date2 August 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 25 October 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 28 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 7 September 1917.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 27 March 1918 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 28 March 1918; to 51st General Hospital, Etaples, 8 April 1918; discharged to duty, 3 May 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 38 days; rejoined 5th Machine Gun Bn, 10 June 1918.

Admitted to 12th Casualty Clearing Station, 18 July 1918 (gonorrhoea); transferred to 2nd Canadian General Hospital, 25 July 1918; to 51st General Hospital, 31 July 1918.

Found guilty, Field General Court Martial, 13 August 1918, of (1) breaking out of camp at Etaples, when a patient in No 51 General Hospital; (2) conduct to the prejudice etc., - falsely stating he belonged to F Company, No 6 Convalescent Depot: awarded 21 days' Field Punishment No 1.

Discharged to duty from 51st General Hospital, 4 September 1918; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 49 days.

Rejoined Bn, in the field, 12 September 1918.

Wounded in action, 18 September 1918 (shrapnel wound, chest), and admitted to 47th Casualty Clearing Station; transferred to 1st General Hospital, Etretat, 19 September 1918; transferred to 1st Australian Convalescent Depot, 3 October 1918; discharged to Base Depot, 25 October 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 4 November 1918.

On leave to United Kingdom, 15 November 1918.

Admitted to 1st Australian Dermatological Hospital, Bulford, while on leave, 28 November 1918; discharged to Convalescent Training Depot, Parkhouse, 26 January 1919; total period of treatment for venereal disease: 60 days.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Plassy', 17 March 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 30 April 1919, for onward travel to Tasmania; discharged (medically unfit: debility), Hobart, 2 August 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death4 March 1925
Age at death31
Place of burialCygnet Cemetery, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARNES David

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