Douglas BARRETT-LENNARD

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BARRETT-LENNARD, Douglas

Service Number: 1879
Enlisted: 23 September 1914, Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
Last Rank: Driver
Last Unit: 3rd Field Artillery Brigade
Born: St Leonards, West Swan, Western Australia, 27 May 1894
Home Town: Guildford, Swan, Western Australia
Schooling: Guilford Grammar School, Western Australia
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Killed In Action, Gallipoli, Gallipoli, Dardanelles, Turkey, 17 July 1915, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Shell Green Cemetery
Plot 11, Row K, Grave 27 Chaplain D. Talbot officiated Headstone inscription reads: For this blameless life & courageous death oh God we thank Thee, Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli Peninsula, Canakkale Province, Turkey
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Baskerville Upper Swan WW1 Honour Roll, Caversham and Districts Roll of Honour, Guildford Grammar School War Memorial, Guildford and District Roll of Honour, Swanleigh St. Mary's Church HR WW1, Swanleigh St. Mary's Church HR WW1Fallen, West Swan, Caversham, Beechboro Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

23 Sep 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1879, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Enlisted at Blackboy Hill, WA
31 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1879, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
31 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Driver, SN 1879, 3rd Field Artillery Brigade , --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '3' embarkation_place: Fremantle embarkation_ship: HMAT Medic embarkation_ship_number: A7 public_note: ''
17 Jul 1915: Involvement Driver, SN 1879, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Carol Foster

Son of George and Amy Barrett-Lennard of 'Comares', North Road, West Guilford, WA formerly of "St Leonards', Guilford, WA

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Also served in the Guilford Grammar School Cadets, WA

Biography contributed by Evan Evans

AWM Summary

Dvr Douglas Barrett-Lennard was born on 27 May 1894 at St. Leonard’s near Guildford, Western Australia. He attended Guildford Grammar School and was a member of the school cadets during his time there. Barrett-Lennard was working as a farmer when he enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) on 23 September 1914. The 20-year-old was assigned the service number 1879 and the rank of driver and was allotted to the 3rd Field Artillery Brigade (FAB). On 31 October 1914 he embarked from Fremantle for Egypt aboard the troopship HMAT Medic.

During the troopship journey to Egypt, Barrett-Lennard took to studying for the military exam he believed lay ahead. Cognisant of his youth and inexperience, he resolved to try his hardest in any case, eager to join the action and prove himself. After arriving in Egypt, Barrett-Lennard was assigned to the 8th Battery of the 3rd FAB and spent his days in camp, training and sightseeing. While in Cairo one night he shared a dance with a young French woman, although he admitted in a letter to his mother that he spoke terrible French and was clumsy on his feet. By early May 1915, Barrett-Lennard and the 8th Battery were at Gallipoli. A letter to his mother on 13 May 1915 details that the battery was exhausted and fatigued after having been in action for ten straight days, under constant shellfire and suffering significant casualties.

Barrett-Lennard would send one last letter to his father on 17 July 1915, writing of “the big move” he and the battery were about to participate in and that he “would not miss this show for anything.” Later that day he was mortally wounded when the shield of the gun he was manning was hit by a Turkish shell. Barrett-Lennard was 21 years old. Letters from his friends and commanding officers to his parents detailed that, despite in great agony and slowly dying from his wounds, he demanded that those others wounded be treated before him. They also wrote of his bravery, courage and popularity with his fellow soldiers and commanding officers alike. Douglas Barrett-Lennard is buried at Shell Green Cemetery, Gallipoli, Turkey.

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