Other names: Harry
Locations in this story: Tarrant Gunville, DorsetMelbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, DorsetPoona, IndiaMesopotamiaBasra, Iraq
Story: Harry Barnes was born in Tarrant Gunville, Dorset, during 1884 the son of Charles Barnes and Katherine Barnes (nee Trowbridge). He spent his early life in Tarrant Gunville and also Melbury Abbas, Shaftesbury, Dorset. He had enlisted in the Dorsetshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 6535) prior to the 1911 Census which shows him at the Wanowrie Lines, Poona, India, as part of the 2nd Battalion. He had been posted to Mesopotamia during the early part of WW1 and died there with death presumed to be 29 Jul 1916. He qualified for the Victory and British War Medals as well as the 1914/15 Star though no actual record has been found. He is remembered on the Basra Memorial, Basra, Iraq, (Panel 22 and 63). He is also mentioned in the Memorial Book of Remembrance at Steeple Langford, Wiltshire, where his parents had moved in 1911.