Joseph Thomas (Joe) BARNES

BARNES, Joseph Thomas

Service Number: 6784
Enlisted: 16 July 1917, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion
Born: Adelaide, South Australia , 28 August 1879
Home Town: Payneham, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: School teacher
Died: Drowned in sinking of R.M.S. Leinster, Irish Sea, Ireland, 10 October 1918, aged 39 years
Cemetery: Grangegorman Military Cemetery
Grave No.3 INSCRIPTION IN MEMORY OF JOE DEARLY LOVED HUSBAND OF MURIEL BARNES PAYNEHAM, S.A. , Grangegorman Military Cemetery, Grangegorman, Dublin, Ireland
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Adelaide University of Adelaide WW1 Honour Roll, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Freeling Boer War, Boxer Rebellion and WW1 Memorial Panel, Payneham District Council Roll of Honor, Payneham Roll of Honour, South Australian Education Department Roll of Honour, Wasleys and District Roll of Honor
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World War 1 Service

16 Jul 1917: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 6784, Adelaide, South Australia
30 Oct 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6784, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '15' embarkation_place: Melbourne embarkation_ship: HMAT Aeneas embarkation_ship_number: A60 public_note: ''
30 Oct 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 6784, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Melbourne
5 Apr 1918: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 6784, 48th Infantry Battalion, Villers-Bretonneux

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Biography contributed by Margery Feltham

When he enlisted he had one child and one year before he drowned his second child had been born.


Son of David West BARNES and Charlotte nee HANTON

Joseph Thomas Barnes was a school teacher from Payneham, South Australia who was married to Muriel Thirza with one child.. He enlisted for service in the later stages of the war as reinforcements for the 27th battalion but was later transferred to the 48th battalion. Joseph was only to serve in this battalion from 4/4/18 until he was wounded on 3/5/18. His battalion was in action at Monument farm near Villers Bretonneux. Barnes recieved a gun shot wound to his left thigh and was evacuated from the battlefield. The wound was serious enough for him to be sent to England and Ireland to recover. Whilst returning from Ireland Joseph Barnes' troop ship the HMT Leinster was attacked by a German U Boat and sunk with 500 souls lost as a result.

RMS Leinster was a vessel operated by the City of Dublin Steam Packet Company, served as the Kingstown-Holyhead mailboat until she was torpedoed and sunk by German submarine UB-123 on 10 October 1918, while bound for Holyhead