Ronald Keith BARNES

BARNES, Ronald Keith

Service Numbers: 41316, SX31562 , SX31562
Enlisted: 25 June 1943, In the field
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia, 18 June 1922
Home Town: Adelaide, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Natural causes (pneumonia), Adelaide, South Australia, 5 February 1993, aged 70 years
Cemetery: Centennial Park Cemetery, South Australia
Memorials: City of West Torrens WW2 Boulevard of Honour
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World War 2 Service

18 Jun 1941: Involvement Private, SN 41316, Homeland Defence - Militia and non deployed forces
25 Jun 1943: Enlisted Private, SN SX31562 , In the field
11 Oct 1943: Involvement Private, SN SX31562, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns
7 Jul 1945: Involvement Private, SN SX31562, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion, Borneo - Operation Oboe July - August 1945
21 Mar 1946: Discharged Private, SN SX31562, 2nd/27th Infantry Battalion

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Biography

Private Ron Barnes
2/27th 7 Platoon under the command of Lieut Bob Johns

Johns Knoll..
Section Bren gunner had been killed so Barnes dashed across the exposed slope picked up the gun from the dead gunners and bought it back to his hole, the Japanese tore up the ground around him but he escaped unscratched. He manned the Bren gun for the remainder of the afternoon, late in the day it became imperative to bring in drinking water for his comrades he moved across the slope again to bring two cans of water. He got back with the cans however one had been punctured. This photo is of him with his shrapnel torn shirt.
Dad was later recommend for the award of Military Medal for his bravery, however, never received it.
He also served in Borneo. - Julie Conner (Barnes)

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