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Arthur Inkster BARNS

Regimental number3512
Place of birthColton, South Australia
SchoolPrince Alfred College, Adelaide, South Australia
AddressColton, West Coast, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height6' 2"
Weight156 lbs
Next of kinFather, William Alfred Barns, Colton, West Coast, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date9 May 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll9 May 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 8th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A70 Ballarat on 12 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 5 March 1917
Place of death or woundingBapaume-Lagnicourt, France
Age at death21.9
Place of burialBancourt British Cemetery (Plot VII, Row F, Grave No. 7), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Alfred and Isabella BARNS, Colton, South Australia
Family/military connectionsCousin: 2030 Driver Andrew John Cheyne INKSTER, 4th Division Ammunition Column, died of wounds, 30 November 1916.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Adelaide, 12 August 1916; disembarked Devonport, England, 30 September 1916.

Admitted to Camp Hospital, Sutton Veney, 3 November 1916 (mumps); marched in to 8th Training Bn, Codford, from hospital, 28 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 30 December 1916; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 7 February 1917.

Sick to hospital, 28 February 1917; rejoined Bn, in the field, from hospital same day (no further details recorded).

Killed in action, 5 March 1917.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARNS Arthur Inkster

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