Thursday, 16 July 2015

Barnes, Richard - Private (23759)

Private Richard Barnes
2nd Battalion,
East Lancashire Regiment,
Killed in Action 23rd October 1916,
Age 37,
Commemorated Thiepval Memorial.

Newspaper Report:

Private Richard Barnes of 51 Heys Street, Haslingden, who was killed in action on the same day, was 37 years of age, and was a married man.
He joined the colours before the end of June, 1915, and went out to France in September. He was only making his second appearance in the trenches when he died a hero's death.  He worked as a weaver at Lambert's Mill, Carrs, and attended Trinity Baptist Church and School regularly up to 17 years of age, when he removed with his parents to Ramsbottom, but returned to Haslingden at a later period. He was secretary for the Haslingden homing Society up to enlistment.  A brother of the deceased is Mr. joseph Barnes, who for a long period was the steward of the Haslingden Liberal Club, with whom and with the bereaved widow great sympathy is felt.

Newspaper Memorial:

In loving memory of Private Richard Barnes, East Lancashire Regiment, who was killed in action on the 23rd October, 1916, at a point E. of Flurs, N.W. Combles, France, and laid to rest there.

"From his sorrowing Wife and Sister Ellen."

Pte Richard Barnes Census Certificate - Click over census to enlarge