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Gordon Howard BARNES

Regimental number5027
Place of birthPerth, Western Australia
SchoolGuildford Grammar School, Western Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationContractor
AddressGuildford, Western Australia
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinWife, Mrs E M P Barnes C/o Mrs Shotta, 164 Subiaco Road, Subiaco, Western Australia
Previous military serviceServed as 150 Pte GH BARNEs with A Coy, 11th Australian Infantry Regiment, for two years: 25 February 1903-30 March 1905.
Enlistment date1 December 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 December 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name11th Battalion, 16th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/28/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 31 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll11th Battalion
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularShortly after the outbreak of war he left his farming property in the Warren River district, WA, in the care of a neighbour with the object of joining the AIF. However, he was delayed by ill health in carrying out his intention, and was not accepted into the AIF until 1February 1915, when he went into camp, remaining there until he embarked on 1 March 1916 on the troopship "Shropshire". He went into action in August 1916, was wounded several months later and sent to England. While in England he qualified for commissioned rank at the School of Instruction, Tidworth, but his commission was delayed owing to there being no vacancy in his battalion. He was promoted to corporal and returned to France in November 1917. He was killed by a machine gun bullet on the morning of 10 August 1918, during the big advance on Lihons, and died with the words "Come on boys!" on his lips.
FateKilled in Action 10 August 1918
Place of death or woundingnr Lihons
Date of death10 August 1918
Age at death33.3
Age at death from cemetery records33
Place of burialHeath Cemetery (Plot VII, Row J, Grave No. 19), Harbonnieres, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
61
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William and Elizabeth BARNES, husband of Edith M.P. BARNES, 164 Subiaco Road, Subiaco, Western Australia. Born at Guildford, Western Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: Captain Charles Albert BARNES, 11th Battalion, killed in action, Gallipoli, 28 April 1915; Lieutenant John Viveash BARNES, 51st Battalion, was gassed in France, returned to Australia, 1918
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

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