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John Barnard (1890-1916) - Pte GS/633 8 th  Bn The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) John   Barnard    was   born   on   the   29 th    October   1890,   the   son   of   Henry   James   Barnard   (aka   James   Barnard)   and   his   wife   Emma   (nee Marchant)   in   Kensington,   London.   He   was   the   youngest   of   six   children   –   two   sisters   and   four   brothers   but   his   young   life   was   not   a   happy one.   His   father   died   in   1894   and   his   mother   in   1901   and   the   family   were   split   up.   His   two   eldest   brothers   had   already   left   home   and   both sisters   were   married   by   this   time   and   the   two   youngest   boys   were   separated.   In   the   1901   census   older   brother   George   was   living   with   his married   sister   Martha   (Dickerson)   in   Newington,   London   but   nine   year   old   John   was   resident   in   the   South   Metropolitan   School   District   in Sutton – a home/school for pauper children. In   the   1911   census   however   John   is   living   with   Martha   and   her   husband   Richard   –   now   in   Christ’s   Hospital,   and   he   is   working   as   a labourer.   However   in   July   1912   he   joined   the   London,   Brighton   and   South   Coast   Railway   as   a   goods   porter   and   worked   for   them   in   Epsom and   Sutton   before   signing   up.   He   attested   for   The   Queen’s   (Royal   West   Surrey   Regiment)   in   Epsom   on   the   4 th    September   1914   and   put   his sister’s address as home. He   was   posted   with   the   8 th    Battalion,   The   Queen's   (Royal   West   Surrey   Regiment)   which   had   been   raised   at   Guildford   in   September   1914 as   part   of   Kitchener's   Third   New   Army   and   joined   72 nd    Brigade,   24 th    Division.   In   late   June   1915   they   moved   to   Aldershot   for   final   training and   they   proceeded   to   France   at   the   end   of   August   –   John’s   date   of   entry   is   given   as   31 st    August.   The   Division   concentrated   in   the   area between   Etaples   and   St   Pol   on   4 th    September   and   a   few   days   later   marched   across   France   into   the   reserve   for   the   British   assault   at   Loos, going into action on the 26 th  of September and suffering heavy losses. From   railway   records   we   know   that   he   was   reported   wounded   at   Loos   on   the   25 th    September   1915   –   just   before   the   main   attack   where the   8 th    Surreys   suffered   very   high   losses.   What   his   wounds   were   is   not   recorded   but   they   were   not   enough   to   get   him   sent   home   and   he recovered and re-joined the regiment. In   1916   the   Regiment   suffered   again   in   the   major   German   gas   attack   at   Wulverghem   and   then   moved   to   The   Somme.   It   was   here,   in action   in   the   Battle   of   Delville   Wood,   that   John   was   killed   on   the   2 nd    September   1916.   Ironically   the   War   Diary   records   “comparatively few   casualties”   for   this   day   but   the   end   of   this   stint   of   just   six   days   in   the   trenches   saw   25   Other   Ranks   dead,   104   wounded   and   13 missing. John   Barnard   is   buried   in   the   Dernancourt   Communal   Cemetery   Extension   on   the   Somme.   This   cemetery   was   attached   to      the   3 rd   Casualty   Clearing   Station   and   was   quite   a   way   behind   the   front   line   in   1916   so   it   may   be   the   case   that   John   died   of   wounds   on   the   way   to receive treatment. For his service he was awarded the 1915 Star, the British War and Victory Medals, and is remembered on Itchingfield War Memorial. He is also remembered on his sister’s family grave in Itchingfield Churchyard where his name is recorded as John Barnard Dickerson.
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