Herbert Richard BARNES

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Herbert Richard BARNES

Private Herbert Richard Barnes
13th Battalion, The Essex Regiment

Private Barnes lived in Beaconsfield Road, Leyton. He originally enlisted in the 1st / 8th (Cyclist) Battalion on 11 August 1915 as number 2207 and would have spent his time on coastal patrolling in Essex until 31 July 1916 when he was posted to France to join the 13th Essex. He was wounded with a gun shot in the right thigh on 13 November 1916, probably at Beaumont Hamel, and returned to the UK on 27 November.

He was eventually invalided from the Army under Paragraph 392 (xvi) of King’s Regulations, ‘being no longer physically fit for war service’, on 28 March 1919 age 25. This means that he would have been issued with a Silver War Badge, a numbered lapel badge given to all invalided servicemen to wear on their civilian clothes, and designed to show that they had ‘done their bit’. His badge was number B166700, issued on 9 May 1919.

From his signature in an autograph book entry on 18 March 1919, we know that he was treated at the Beechlands Military Hospital in Sussex.

He was entitled to the British War and Allied Victory Medals.

Private Barnes was treated at the Lady George Nevill Hospital.

Information courtesy of The Essex Regiment Museum, Chelmsford.