Edwin William BARNES

BARNES, Edwin William

Service Number: 7213
Enlisted: 26 October 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wokurna, South Australia, 21 November 1892
Home Town: Keilli, Port Pirie City and Dists, South Australia
Schooling: Keilli Public School, Gilles Street Primary School, South Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 18 September 1918, aged 25 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide Gilles Street Primary School WW1 Honour Roll (New), Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Mundoora War Memorial, Plympton District Roll of Honor, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

26 Oct 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 7213, 10th Infantry Battalion, Adelaide, South Australia
23 Jun 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 7213, 10th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
23 Jun 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 7213, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Borda, Adelaide

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Son of Torrington Charles BARNES and Mary Jane nee CLOTHIER

Pte Edwin Barnes is also remembered on a memorial at the Keilli Cemetery.

Private Edwin William Barnes (No. 7213), 10th Battalion, was killed in action in France on September 18, 1918, aged twenty-five years. Private Barnes enlisted in September, 1916, and left England for France on December 6, 1917. When only seventeen he and his sister remained in charge of the farm, which he held until his enlistment. He was a popular worker in the Collinsfield Sunday school, and in writing to a friend gave an account of his visit to a Sunday school and taking a class, bringing back his  thoughts to the dear old church at Collinsfield, where so many happy hours had been spent. On Sunday, October 27, the Rev. H. C. Carne conducted an "in memoriam" service in the Collinsfield Church. There was a crowded attendance, the church being draped by loving hands. A last tribute of loving hearts to one who had counted his life not dear unto himself.