Private 12395 George Henry Barnett

Died on Wednesday, 12th November 1919, age 30.
Buried in Grave III. C. 7. at Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, Bouches-Du-Rhone, France.

9th Bn., Royal Warwickshire Regiment. 39th Brigade of 13th Division.

Born: Unknown, Enlisted: Unknown, Resident: Unknown.

First landed Balkans, 31st October 1915.
Medal entitlement: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.
Soldier's Papers at National Archives did not survive.

Commemorated on the Tipton Library Memorial.
Commemorated here because he appears on a Tipton memorial.

Link to Commonwealth War Graves Site: www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/338815/

Genealogical Data

Birth of George Henry Barnett registered in June quarter 1889 at West Bromwich.

1891 Census
5 Ryder Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Reuben Barnett (40, General Labourer, born Appleton, nr. Oxford), his wife Selina (37, born West Bromwich), and their 4 children: Florence (11, Scholar, born Tipton), Henry (3, born West Bromwich), George (2, born West Bromwich), and Esther (2 months, born West Bromwich).

1901 Census
1 & 2 In Fields, Grout Street, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Reuben Barnett (50, Gas Works Stoker, born Oxford), his wife Selina (39, born West Bromwich), and their 8 children: Henry (13, born West Bromwich), George (11, born West Bromwich), Esther (10, born West Bromwich), Frederick (8, born West Bromwich), Sarah (7, born West Bromwich), Emily (5, born West Bromwich), Jane (2, born West Bromwich), and Reuben (10 months, born West Bromwich).

1911 Census
13 Oldbury Road, West Bromwich, Staffs.
Selina Barnett (50, Widow, born West Bromwich) and 9 of her 10 surviving children of 12: Henry (23, Dustbin Collector, born West Bromwich), George (22, Sand Riddler at Sand Beds, born West Bromwich), Esther (20, Domestic Servant, born West Bromwich), Frederick (18, Iron Roller's Assistant, born West Bromwich), Jane (12, School, born West Bromwich), Reuben (10, School, born West Bromwich), Selina (9, School, born West Bromwich), Israel 7, School, born West Bromwich), and Kate (6, School, born West Bromwich).

Marriage of George Barnett and Elsie Mansell registered June qtr 1912 at West Bromwich.

Personal Data

The 'Staffordshire Roll of Honour' has G H Barnett, Royal Warwicks Regiment which matches this man. There is no other suitable candidate for Barnett in the Royal Warwicks.

After George's death, his outstanding army pay and allowances amounted to £8/9/10d (8 pounds, 9 shillings and 10 pence); this was paid to his widow, Elsie, in March 1920. His War Gratuity was £16/9/9d (16 pounds, 9 shillings and 9 pence), this was also paid to his widow in March 1920. The value of the War Gratuity suggests that George had enlisted in May/June 1916.

Action resulting in his death

The 9th Royal Warwicks landed in Gallipoli in July 1915, so George Barnett arrived as a reinforcement when he landed in Gallipoli on 31st October 1915, towards the conclusion of the Gallipoli campaign.

The 9th Royal Warwicks were in 39th Brigade of the 13th (Western) Division. This Division served solely in the Mediteranean theatre, including Gallipoli, Suez Canal, Mesopotamia (including the relief of the 'Siege of Kut'), and was attached to the North Persia force (Dunsterforce) in 1918.

The Battalion was eventually disbanded on the 24th September 1919. 7 officers and 45 Other Ranks transferred to the 9th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, and the last 30 Other Ranks and 1 Lieutenant travelled back to England. During their long journey home from Touzla, they stopped at Mudros, Malta, Taranto, Marseilles, Cherbourg, and Southampton. George died from influenza on 12th November 1919 at the General Hospital in Marseilles, and is buried in the Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles.

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