Charles Barnett

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Charles Barnett
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Personal Information
Date of Birth c 1889
Place of Birth Fremantle, Western Australia
Death 30 May 1916
Place of Death Fromelles, France
Age at Enlistment 26 years, 1 month
Description 5'7" (1.70m) tall ; 150 lbs
68.039 kg
; dark complexion ; brown eyes ; dark hair
Occupation Labourer
Religion Church of England
Address Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister , Mrs Maria Clarke
Military Information
Reg Number 600
Date of Enlistment 10 Mar 1915
Rank Lance Corporal
Unit/Formation 28th Battalion, D Company / 7th Brigade 2nd Division
Date of Embarkation 29 Jul 1915 ‒ 23 Aug 1915
Ship Embarked On HMAT A11 Ascanius
Fate Died of Wounds 30 May 1916 at Fromelles
Monument Jarrahdale War Memorial
Australian War Memorial
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

War Service

On entering Blackboy Hill camp Charles received a month's training before being allocated to the 28th Battalion then being raised at Northam. He embarked as a member of 'D' Copany on the HMAT A11 Ascanius in Fremantle on 9 Jun 1915 for Port Tewfik (Suez), disembarking there on 2 July 1915. Further training awaited them in Egypt before they were ready to reinforce Gallipoli.

Charles embarked with his battalion on the HMT Ivernia for Gallipoli on 4 Sep 1915 and on 10 Sep 1915 he transferred to the HMS Sarnia for the journey from Mudros harbour to Anzac Cove. He later returned to Mudros from Gallipoli aboard HMT Osmanieh, and following a period on Lemnos Island aboard HMT Ausonia for Alexandria on 10 Jan 1916. On 21 Sep 1915 while at Gallipoli, Charles was appointed Lance Corporal. With the battalion, he boarded HMAT A32 Themistocles in Alexandria which sailed at 5:30pm on 16 Mar 1916 for Marseilles where it arrived at 3:30pm on the 21 Mar 1916. A train journey of more than 48 hours awaited them in trucks meant to move cattle before they arrived near the French battlefields.

Charles' death was caused by a wound to the head. It is likely that Charles was one of those impacted when the Germans dropped 250 High Explosive artillery shells on the battalion's position on the 29th, killing three and injuring 11 (three of whom later died from their wounds). He was admitted to he 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station early on 30 May 1916, but died of his wounds at 7:30am the same day. The battalion's war diary records very light casualties for the month of May 1916 (11 KIA/DOW and 38 wounded) as they were intrenches in front of Rue Marle, a southern suburb of Armentières.

  • Punchevillers British Cemetery
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France Plot II, Row A, Grave No 11.

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