Arthur Reginald Barrett

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Arthur Reginald Barrett
Personal Information
Date of Birth 29 Aug 1899
Place of Birth St John's Wood, London, England
Death 4 Oct 1980
Place of Death Narrogin, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 18 years, 2 months
Description 5'6¼" (1.68m) tall ; 120lbs
54.431 kg
; fair complexion ; blue eyes ; brown hair
Occupation Window dresser
Religion Church of England
Address 'Beechwort', Station road, Gosnells, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father , Mr Frederick Barrett
Military Information
Reg Number 23021
Date of Enlistment 25 Oct 1917
Rank Sapper
Unit/Formation 1st Australian & New Zealand Wireless Signal Station
Date of Embarkation 14 Sep 1918 ‒ 23 Oct 1918
Ship Embarked On SS Port Darwin
Date of Embarkation 17 Oct 1918 ‒ 28 Oct 1918
Ship Embarked On HMT Egra
Date of Return 5 Nov 1919 ‒ 11 Nov 1919
Ship Returned On SS Varela
Date of Return 1 Dec 1919 ‒ 22 Dec 1919
Ship Returned On HMAT A7 Medic
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Gosnells Road Board Honour Roll
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Left England for Australia on 19 Aug 1911.

War Service

Following basic training in WA, and after a period of leave from 12 - 17 Jan 1918, Arthur was sent to the Army Signals School at Moore Park in New South Wales. On 7 Feb 1918 he became a member of the Wireless Station reinforcement draft for Mesopotamia. On 3 Sep 1918 he was admitted to the Field Hospital in Liverpool New South Wales with influenza, before being discharged on 5 Sep 1918.

The reinforcements embarked from Sydney on the SS Port Darwin, and were transhipped at Bombay in India. They disembarked at Egra Basrah (Iraq) on 23 Oct 1918 from HMT Egra. On arrival he entered camp at Margil, before joining his unit in Baghdad on 16 Nov 1918.

On 14 Dec 1918 he was admitted to the 31st Stationary Hospital in Baghdad with dysentry, and was discharged to duty on 30 Dec 1918. Admitted to hospital again on 23 Sep 1919 at Zakho, before being released on 1 Oct 1919.

Discharged by the 5th Military District on 6 Jan 1920.

Post War

On 16 Jan 1926 Arthur married Charlotte Beatrice Farrell in St George's Cathedral in Perth. Charlotte was born in 1903 and died in Narrogin on 13 Jun 1994 aged 91. They had two daughters, Joan Paula (29 Nov 1926 - 1999) and Beverley Bernard (1931 - 2010).

Western Australia,

PARTNERSHIP ACT, 1895. Notice of Dissolution. NOTICE is hereby given that the partnership lately existing between Arthur Reginald Barrett, of Yilliminniag,farmer, and Thomas Ashley, of Angelo Street, South Perth, accountant, both in the State of Western Australia, under the firm name of "Barrett & Ashley," has been dissolved as from the 14th day of August, 1925, and the business of farmers hitherto carried on by the partnership at Yilliminniag will be continued by the said Arthur Reginald Barrett alone, and the said Arthur Reginald Barrett is entitled to receive all moneys on behalf of the partnership and will pay all partnership debts as they fall due. Dated the 20th day of October, 1925.


Post Office Directories: 1925 - 1948 Yilliminning (east of Narrogin); 1954 - 1958 Gloucester crescent, Safety Bay; 1968 at 150 Arcadia West, Safety Bay.

During WW2 Arthur enlisted on 27 May 1942 and served with the 10th VDC Battalion at Narrogin until 15 Mar 1946 with the rank of Captain, with regimental number W73802.


  1. Government Gazette WA 13 Nov 1925 page 2302

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