Thomas Albert BARNES

BARNES, Thomas Albert

Service Number: 900
Enlisted: 23 August 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Nottingham, England, 1891
Home Town: North Sydney, North Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Nottingham Board School, England
Occupation: Gardener/Able Seaman Royal Navy
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 2 May 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the LONE PINE MEMORIAL at Panel 16. , Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

23 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 900, Sydney, New South Wales
18 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 900, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
18 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 900, 2nd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Suffolk, Sydney
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 900, 2nd Infantry Battalion, ANZAC / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Births Jun 1891 Barnes Thomas Albert Nottingham 7b 311.

He was the son of Edward and Martha Barnes and the brother of Willie, Arthur and Clarice Barnes. In 1901 they lived at 8 Woodville Terrace, Bloomsgrove Street Radford Nottingham. He was the adopted son of Joseph and Annie Alice Sinfield, of 'The Oaks', Dumaress Street Gordon, New South Wales.

Age on arrival in Australia 21

2nd Bn Thomas Albert Barnes (alias Bernard Thomas Sinfield), enlisted on 23rd August 1914 in Australia.

Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll 22 August 1914

He had completed eight years previous military service in the Royal Navy. He served as an Able Seaman on HMAS "Australia".


Death notice published 6th July 1915 in the Nottingham Evening Post :-

 “BARNES. – Killed in action, Private T. A. Barnes, 2nd Battalion Australian Imperial Forces. He's gone to heaven to abide; to rest by his mother's side. Gone from our sight, not from our hearts; we shall meet again where no one parts. Dad, sister, and brothers.”

In memoriam published 25th April 1917 in the Nottingham Evening Post :-

“BARNES. – In loving memory of Private Thomas A. Barnes, Australian Imperial Forces, killed in action April 25th, 1915. To live in hearts of those we loved is not to die. – Dad, sister, and brothers.”

In memoriam published 25th April 1919 in the Nottingham Evening Post :-

 “BARNES. – In affectionate remembrance of Pte. T. A. Barnes (Tom), 2nd Batt. A.I.F. (late H.M.A.S. Australia), killed in action at the Dardanelles, April 25th, 1915. The sweetest bloom from the bunch was picked. – Loving dad, sister, and brothers.”



Tommy Barnes had been in the Royal Navy for eight years when he came out to Australia on the new HMAS Australia on loan to the Royal Australian Navy.

He stayed on Australia until June of 1914 when he enlisted in the AIF.  He landed at Gallipoli on the 25th  April 1915  but only lasted until the 2nd May. 

He has no known grave but is listed on the wall at the Lone Pine Memorial.

A Letter exists written to his new family in Sydney saying they would be home by Christmas and sending his love.