Nelson Wesley BARWISE


BARWISE, Nelson Wesley

Service Number: 1670
Enlisted: 10 May 1915, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 23rd Infantry Battalion
Born: Stawell, Victoria, August 1891
Home Town: Stawell, Northern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Stawell State School
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Killed in Action, France, 20 March 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Stawell War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

10 May 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1670, Melbourne, Victoria
16 Jul 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1670, 23rd Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
16 Jul 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1670, 23rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Demosthenes, Melbourne
20 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1670, 23rd Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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"...1670 Private Nelson Wesley Barwise, 2nd Reinforcements, 23rd Battalion, of Northcote, Vic. Pte Barwise enlisted on 15 May 1915 and embarked from Melbourne aboard HMAT Demosthenes on 16 July 1915. He was killed in action at Albert in France on 20 March 1917. His two brothers, 34206 Dvr Albert George Barwise and 34207 Dvr Henry William Barwise, and three of his cousins also served with the AIF." - SOURCE (

Nelson Wesley Eustace BARWISE was born in 1891 in Stawell in Victoria. His parents were Henry Machel BARWISE and Harriett Isabella WALKEDEN. He enlisted on 15th May, 1915 with the 23rd Battalion, 2nd reinforcements. His unit embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Demosthenes on 16th July, 1915

He was killed in action on 20th March, 1917 in Albert, France - No known grave - he is commemorated in The Australian National Memorial, Villers Bretonneux, France



BARWISE - In fond and loving memory of my dear boy Corporal Nelson Wesley, killed in action somewhere in France by a machine gun on 20th March, 1917, aged 25 years, after 1 year and 9 months active service

Somewhere in France he is lying, an Anzac brave & true

He died an Australian hero, fighting to save us all

Somewhere by a lonely hillside, in a lonely grave in France

There lies my darling Nelson, Resting in peace with his God

Inserted by his loving & sorrowing fiancee Gladys Anderson, Bald Hills, Ballarat" -  from The Argus, Melbourne 2nd June, 1917