Born in 1897 at Buckhurst Hill, son of John Edward (Carpenter) and Charlotte Barnes. 1901: With his family at Bexhill Cottages, Gladstone Road, Buckhurst Hill. 1911: A Scholar with his family at 6 Primrose Terrace, Primrose Road, South Woodford. He enlisted at South Woodford, initially in the Royal Field Artillery, later serving in the Machine Gun Corps. The absence of an entitlement to the 1914 or 1915 Star shows he left for France after those dates.
5 Battalion MGC was attached to 5 Division, and had taken part in the Battle of Hazebrouck and the Defence of Nieppe Forest in 04-18. At some point in that general area of France, Edward Barnes sustained wounds from which he died in one of the Medical Units located at Aire.
Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian
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