Elliott Alexander BARNETT

BARNETT, Elliott Alexander

Service Number: 1789
Enlisted: 11 February 1916
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 3rd Machine Gun Battalion
Born: Northcote, Victoria, Australia, 1895
Home Town: Northcote, Darebin, Victoria
Schooling: Northcote State School, Victoria, Australia
Occupation: Cabinetmaker
Died: Broncho Pneumonia, France, 21 February 1919
Cemetery: Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Northcote Uniting Church Memorial Window
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World War 1 Service

11 Feb 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 1789, 38th Infantry Battalion
16 Aug 1916: Involvement Private, 1789, 38th Infantry Battalion, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '18' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: RMS Orontes embarkation_ship_number: '' public_note: ''
16 Aug 1916: Embarked Private, 1789, 38th Infantry Battalion, RMS Orontes, Melbourne
21 Feb 1919: Involvement Corporal, 1789, 3rd Machine Gun Battalion, --- :awm_ww1_roll_of_honour_import: awm_service_number: 1789 awm_unit: 3rd Australian Machine Gun Battalion awm_rank: Corporal awm_died_date: 1919-02-21

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Elliott was the son of William Ebenezer and Jane Barnett; husband of Jane L. Barnett, of Lakes Entrance, Victoria, Australia. He was a native of Northcote, Victoria, Australia.

The records show he was admitted to hospital on 16 February 1919, with what was thought to be influenza, later confirmed as pneumonia. He had previously been hospitalised for around ten days in December 1918 with the same complaint.

"It came as a great shock to us all to think he was taken so suddenly from our midst. It is ever so much harder for you as you have been anxiously awaiting your boy's return after going through the great conflict in which so many of our boys have made the supreme sacrifice – at such times, one expected to hear such news, but now that we are enjoying peace once more, the blow is so much harder ..."

(A letter to Barnett's mother from a group of his Third MG Battalion friends, the letter simply signed "Comrades In Arms")

His older brother 61 Pte. Stirling Ferguson Barnett 6th Battalion AIF had been killed in action almost 4 years before at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, age 21.