Other names: William Charles
Locations in this story: Farnham, DorsetSalisbury, Wiltshire
Story: William Charles Barrett was born on 13 Sep 1880 in Farnham, Dorset, the son of Joseph Barrett and Eliza Barrett (nee Hiscock). He spent most of his life, apart from Military Service, in and around Farnham. He enlisted on 20 Jan 1916 but was not mobilized until 10 Oct 1916 when he joined the 13th Battalion of the Devonshire Regiment as a Private (Service No. 42126). Within days he was transferred to the 2nd Works Company of the Devonshire Regiment until the 28 Apr 1917 when he was transferred again to the 311th (Home Service) Labour Company of the Labour Corps (Service No. 171979). On the 23 Jul 1918 he was again moved, this time to the 3rd Battalion of the Dorsetshire Regiment (Service No. 46831). He served his whole time in the UK until being demobilized on 17 Mar 1919. No medal records can be found in this case. By the 1939 Register he was still living in Farnham, Dorset, and described as a Carpenter. He died in the Salisbury, Wiltshire, Registration District and was cremated on 27 Sep 1968. His ashes were buried in the churchyard of Farnham Church. He had remained single throughout his life.