Stuart John BARNETT


BARNETT, Stuart John

Service Number: 5715206
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
Born: Busselton, Western Australia, 1 November 1946
Home Town: Busselton, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Fencing contractor
Died: Killed in Action, South Vietnam, 27 June 1968, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Shepparton Public Cemetery
Roman Catholic L 13, Shepparton Cemetery, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia
Memorials: 4th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment - Holsworthy Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Busselton War Memorial, Grafton Clarence Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Kallangur Vietnam Veterans' Place, Port Pirie Vietnam Veterans Honour Wall
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Vietnam War Service

21 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5715206, 4th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (4RAR)
21 May 1968: Involvement Australian Army (Post WW2), Private, SN 5715206
Date unknown: Involvement Private, SN 5715206

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Private Stuart Barnett aged 21 of Busselton, Western Australia was a fencing contractor prior to being called up for National Service in 1967. He was posted to 4RAR and sailed with the Battalion to South Vietnam in May 1968.

During Operation TOAN THANG 2 in Bien Hoa Province on 27 June 1968, 12 Platoon contacted a group of five VC. During the initial engagement Stewie was killed. The enemy broke contact and withdrew into a creek line. 12 Platoon began a search of the creek and in less than two hours, flushed the enemy from the creek killing two and wounding another one. Two fresh graves were found nearby a few days later. The avenging of the first fatality of 4RAR in South Vietnam was accomplished.

Information from 4RAR Associations of Australia.