BARNES, Albert Edward

NAME:  Albert Edward BARNES                  

SERVICE NO:  55337

YEAR OF BIRTH: 1899

PLACE OF BIRTH:  Stawell

DATE OF ENLISTMENT:  8 April 1918

PLACE OF ENLISTMENT:  Horsham

AGE AT ENLISTMENT:  19

UNIT:  6th General (Victorian) Reinforcements

EMBARKED:  17 July 1918

TROOPSHIP:  HMAT A30 Borda

FATE:  Returned to Australia 6 May 1919

Albert Edward Barnes was born in 1899 in Stawell to Alfred Henry Barnes and Bessie Wild. Alfred was a builder and contractor residing in Stawell, however, during the war, he moved to Halls Gap sometime around 1916.  By 1917 he was  President of the Halls Gap Progress Association and by 1918 Alfred had opened a General Store in Halls Gap.

"Advertising." Stawell News and Pleasant Creek Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 - 1918) 21 Dec 1918: 2. Web. .

“Advertising.” Stawell News and Pleasant Creek Chronicle (Vic. : 1914 – 1918) 21 Dec 1918: 2. Web. <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article120966100&gt;.

In that year he also began operating guest house Killarney, later renamed Grampians House.

"Classified Advertising." The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) 8 Jun 1918: 22. Web. .

“Classified Advertising.” The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 – 1957) 8 Jun 1918: 22. Web. <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article1664725&gt;.

GRAMPIANS HOUSE (c1950). Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria Railways Collection. Image no. 91.50/1604 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/96669

GRAMPIANS HOUSE c1950 (FORMALLY KILLARNEY). Image courtesy of the State Library of Victoria Railways Collection. Image no. 91.50/1604 http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/96669

It was in the same year, 1918 that nineteen-year-old Albert Barnes travelled to Horsham to enlist.  He then went on to training camp at Broadmeadows with the 6th General (Victorian) Reinforcements.  On 18 May 1918, Albert left Broadmeadows and sailed via Sydney for France  During his time in France he spent time with the 1st Training Battalion.

Albert remained overseas after the armistice and on 12 March 1919, he was admitted to the Fulham Military Hospital, London with pleurisy.  He returned to Australia on 6 May 1919.  After the war, Albert married and moved to the Wangaratta area, working as a carpenter.

ONLINE LINKS FOR ALFRED EDWARD BARNES

Australian War Memorial – Embarkation Roll – Albert Edward Barnes

Discovering Anzacs – War Service Record of Albert Edward Barnes

The AIF Project – Albert Edward Barnes

OTHER REFERENCES

Halls Gap & Grampians Historical Society Victoria’s wonderland: a Grampians history. The Society, Halls Gap, Vic, 2006.

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