Private 21338 William Henry Barnsley

Killed in Action on Friday, 18th June 1915, age 38.
Commemorated on Panel 104 to 113 of Helles Memorial, Turkey.

4th Bn., Worcestershire Regiment. 88th Brigade of 29th Division.

Husband of Mrs Sarah Ann Barnsley, of 4 Court, Union Street, Tipton, Staffs.
Born: Oldbury, Enlisted: Worcester, Resident: Tipton.

First landed Balkans, 21st May 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/698573/

Genealogical Data

Birth of William Henry B. Barnsley registered March quarter 1877 in West Bromwich.
Marriage of William Henry B. Barnsley and Sarah Ann Worwood registered June quarter 1897 at Dudley.

1901 Census
3 Old Street, Dudley, Worcs.
William Henry Barnsley (24, Stamper at Ironworks, born Langley Green, Oldbury), his wife Sarah Ann (23, born Dudley), and their 2 children: Alice Rose (3, born Dudley) and Sarah (1, born Tividale).

1911 Census
9 Horse Shoe Row, Tipton, Staffs.
William Henry Barnsley (34, Blast Furnace Labourer, born Langley Green, Oldbury), his wife Sarah Ann (34, born Dudley), and their 3 surviving children (of 6): Alice Rose (13, born Dudley), Sarah Elizabeth (11, born Tipton) and Frederick (10 months, born Tipton).

Personal Data

None Available.

Action resulting in his death

The 4th Worcesters landed at Cape Helles, Gallipoli, on 25th April 1915. William Barnsley landed on 21st May 1915 as one of the reinforcements for the 128 Other Ranks already killed at the Battle of Cape Helles and the first and second Battles of Krithia.

It is likely that William was involved in the third battle of Krithia commencing on 4th June when the 4th Worcesters made small gains, but had to face counter-attacks over the next few days. After a few days rest in Gully Beach, they returned to the front line on 12th June, doing much hard work to improve the trenches and bury the dead. On the 18th June, the 4th Worcesters were to have been relieved again, but an attack by the 42nd Division on their right caused this to be postponed. The attack initially captured the Turkish front line trench, but the Turks forced them back and even captured the 42nd Division's front line. The Worcesters were ordered to deliver a counter-attack which they did forcing the Turks back to their own lines.

It is possible that this was the incident which led to the death of William Barnsley; his body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

Newspaper Cuttings

Tipton Herald July 8th 1916
Sarah Ann Barnsley(37), who said her husband had been killed at the front, of 4 Court, Union Street, Tipton was ordered to pay 5s for assaulting Sarah Gulliver by striking her in the face with a "copper" stick.