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Albert William Barratt

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Albert William Barratt
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Personal Information
Date of Birth 29 Dec 1872
Place of Birth Perth, Western Australia
Death 3 March 1952
Place of Death Gosnells, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 43 years, 6 months
Description 5' 5 3/4" (1.67m) tall ; 123 lbs
55.792 kg
; sallow complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Orchardist
Religion Methodist
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin wife , Mrs Norah Agnes Maude Barrett
Military Information
Reg Number 6295
Date of Enlistment 4 September 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, 18th Reinforcement, 7th Bde, 2nd Div
Date of Embarkation 29 December 1916 ‒ 3 Mar 1917
Ship Embarked On HMAT A34 Persic Fremantle to Devonport
Date of Return 15 Feb 1918 ‒ 18 April 1918
Ship Returned On HMHS Llanstephan Castle
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (West panel)
Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Gosnells Ward Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal


Pre War

In 1898 he had married Nora Agnes Maud Prosser. Children - Irene Phyllis (born 1899 at Claremont (married Warren F. Paskett), died 26 Jul 1972; Raymond Digby in Perth (born 1901 - died 14 Dec 1921 in Gosnells); Constance Beatrice (born 1903 in Claremont, died 19 Nov 1993 in Como) - married Edgar H. [Ted] Hamling; Vivien (died before 1952), Norman Wilfred (1908 - 21 Mar 1986), and Olive Edith (born 1912 - 20 Dec 1984, aged 72) who married Reginald C. Carter.

The 1910 Electoral roll lists him as a gardener at Harris, Lawlers (Leonora) and in 1916 he is living with his wife in Kelmscott. Wife moved from Kelmscott to Astley street, Gosnells some time after he enlisted.

War Service

When Albert first entered Blackboy Hill camp he was allocated to the 82nd Depot Company, before being transferred to the 18th reinforcement draft for the 28th Battalion. A week later he was sent to the 7th draft for the 5th Pioneers, but after a fortnight he rejoined the 18th draft for the 28th Battalion. Locals who were included in other reinforcement drafts that shared the voyage to England on the HMAT A34 Persic included Alfred Tennyson Needham, George Mouatt Dow, David Forbes Abernethy, Charles John Mitchell, and Joseph William Smith.

'Qualified for Khaki, Albert is listed along with Arthur Leworthy Bettenay of Karragullen.[1]

On arrival in England Albert was posted to the 7th Training Battalion at Rollestone where on 27 Apr 1917 he was found guilty of being AWOL from midnight 23 Apr - 9:15am 26 Apr 1917. Punishment was three days confined to barracks and forfeiture of nine day's pay.

He embarked for France from Southampton on 14 Jun 1917 and on arrival in Le Havre spent time in the 2nd Division Base Depot before joining the 28th Battalion on 3 Jul 1917 at Bapaume, just before it moved to billets at Cassels. The battalion was going through a rebuilding phase, with 287 new men joining during July. Soon after, Albert needed medical treatment for Trench Fever.

Treated from 23 Aug until 4 Sep 1917 by the 7th Australian Field Ambulance, he rejoined the battalion on 4 Sep 1917. However, on 13 Sep 1917 he was again seen by the 7th Australian Field Ambulance, this time with debility. On 19 Sep 1917 they transferred Albert to the 56th General Hospital in Étaples who then passed him to the 5th General Hospital in Rouen on 3 Oct 1917 to be returned to England on 24 Oct 1917 on HMHS Grantully Castle where he was admitted to Queen Mary's Military Hospital in Whalley, Lancashire the same day for treatment for debility.

While in Queen Mary's Hospital Albert was charged with being AWOL from 9:30pm on 18 Nov 1917 until 7:00pm on 19 Nov 1917. Forfeited 9 day's pay. Soon after, on 29 Nov 1917 he was granted furlough until 13 Dec 1917 when he was to report to No. 2 Command Depot in Hurdcott where he waited for a berth home to Australia.

Sent home to Australia due to his ill health (Debility and Premature Senility), and discharged by the 5th Military District on 25 Apr 1918.

Post War

Electoral Roll entries - 1925 at Albany rd, Gosnells, an orchardist. In 1949 no change. 10 grandchildren at time of his death.

Aged 79 Albert's death is reported[2]. Leaves wife Dolly and 6 children, 2 of whom have pre-deceased him.

References

  1. "QUALIFIED FOR KHAKI.". The Daily News. XXXV, (12,833). Western Australia. 27 March 1916. p. 6 (THIRD EDITION). Retrieved 18 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. "Family Notices". The West Australian. 68, (20,477). Western Australia. 6 March 1952. p. 20. Retrieved 18 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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