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Regimental number4358
Place of birthLithgow New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationEngine cleaner
AddressBlinkbonnie, Long Street, Strathfield, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, A Barnes, Elwydd, Broughton Road, Homebush, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date13 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll13 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 11th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A71 Nestor on 9 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll17th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Work at Messines on 30 March 1918 and near Morlancourt on 14 May 1918.
Recommendation date: 30 January 1919

FateReturned to Australia 12 June 1919

Military Medal

'This N.C.O. greatly distinguished himself at MESSINES on 30th March, 1918. While on patrol and enemy patrol was encountered, and after a sharp fight the enemy was dispersed and our patrol had suffered a number of casualties, and although wounded himself, Sergeant BARNES remained out until he had reassembled the whole of his party, and managed to get them back to our lines. On another occasion during a minor engagement on 14th May, 1918, near MORLANCOURT, East of AMIENS, when the enemy had effected an entry through a break in our line, a counter attack was organised, and Sergeant BARNES rushed a small enemy post single handed, and killed or took prisoner a garrison of 6 men.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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