William John (Bill) BARRETT

BARRETT, William John

Service Number: 5191
Enlisted: 1 July 1912
Last Rank: Leading Seaman
Last Unit: HMAS Swan (I)
Born: Battersea, London, England, United Kingdom, 29 December 1885
Home Town: Sydney, City of Sydney, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Leading Stoker
Died: Suicide (Poison), St. Peters, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 25 May 2019, aged 133 years
Cemetery: Rookwood Cemetery & Crematorium
C.E. 4. 372., Rookwood Necropolis, Rookwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Crib Point RAN WW1 Roll of Honour (Panel 1)
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Non Warlike Service

1 Jul 1912: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, 5191, HMAS Swan (I)

World War 2 Service

1 Jul 1912: Enlisted Royal Australian Navy, Leading Seaman, 5191
25 May 1919: Discharged Royal Australian Navy, Leading Seaman, 5191

World War 1 Service

Date unknown: Involvement Leading Stoker, 5191, HMAS Swan (I)

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Biography contributed by Elizabeth Allen

William John BARRETT was born in Battersea, London on 29th December, 1885 - his Mother was Annie BARRETT

He enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy on 1st July, 1912 - he was a Leading Stoker on the HMAS Swan (1)

William died from lysol poisoning on 25th May, 1919 in Sydney and is buried in Rookwood Cemetery (see link for newspaper article)