Thursday, 16 July 2015

Barnes, John Henry - Private (103002)

Private John H. Barnes
Royal Army Medical Corps,
Died from pneumonia 28th December 1918,
Age 24,
Buried Pemba Cemetery.

Newspaper Report:

Mr. Joseph Barnes, assurance agent, and Mrs. Barnes, 32 Piccadilly Street, Haslingden on Saturday received a wire saying that their son, Private J.H. Barnes, who had been serving in East Africa since Auigust, 1917, was dangerously ill, suffering from influenza and bronchial pneumonia.  On Monday they received another wire conveying the sad information that he died on Saturday.  Private Barnes was secretary of Laneside Church Sunday School up to joining up in October, 1915, and was formerly book keeper at Victoria Mill, Ramsbottom. Before proceeding to East Africa he was clerk in a military hospital at Swanage. 

Newspaper Memorials:

In loving memory of our dear son Private John Henry Barnes, who died December 28th, 1918, at the 19th Stationary hospital, Port Amelia East Africa.

"We look at your picture that hangs on the wall,
With the smile on your face, we ever recall;
We miss you God knows and mourn you unseen,
And dwell on the memories of days that have been."

From his sorrowing Father and Mother, 32 Piccadilly Street, Haslingden.

"May the heavenly winds blow softly,
O'er that sweet and hallowed spot,
Though the sea divides his grave from us,
He will never be forgot."

From his Brother, Sister and Nephew, 32 Piccadilly Street, Haslingden.

"We little thought when we said good-bye,
We parted for ever and you were to die;
Oh, the grief that we feel words cannot tell,
For we could not be with you to bid you farewell.

Too far away thy grave to see,
Yet we will always think of thee."

From his sorrowing Father, Mother, Sister, Brother in law (in France), and Newphew, 32 Piccadilly Street, Haslingden. 

Pte John Henry Barnes Census Certificate - Click over census to enlarge