Other names: Arthur William
Locations in this story: Shaftesbury, DorsetSouth AfricaEast London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Story: Arthur William Barnes was born in Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 10 Sep 1877 the son of Gideon Barnes and Kate Barnes (nee Miles). He lived his early life with his family in Bell Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset, where his father ran a men's & boy's outfitters. During the early 1890's Arthur was a pupil at Shaftesbury Grammar School. Following his time at school he went to South Africa to take up employment. In 1904 he married Maude Amelia Stickells in South Africa. At the outbreak of WW1 he enlisted with the South African Contingent which was raised to support the British Army. Little else is known apart from the fact he is mentioned in his old school magazine as serving. No military or medal records have been found. Arthur died on October 1964 in East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa.