The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private S Barnard


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Private Sidney BARNARD, G/18009, 10th Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, died of wounds, Flanders, France, 6th April 1918, age 23.

Born St Marks, Leicester, son of Robert &  Mary Jane Barnard, of 117, High Cross St., Leicester / 162½, High Cross St., Leicester.


1911 Census - 15 Morley Road, Leicester - John Thomas Barnard, head, age 62, married, tailor worker, at home, born Gretton, Northamptonshire; Emily Barnard, wife, age 59, married 39 years, 6 children, 4 still alive, born Gretton, Northamptonshire; Lily Barnard, daughter, age 28, single, tailoress, born Leicester, Leicestershire; Robert Sydney Barnard, grandson, age 15, single, tailors cutter, born Leicester, Leicestershire; Charles Smith, nephew, age19, single, butcher, born Gretton, Northamptonshire.


Enlisted Leicester, age 19, height 5ft 9 inches, weight 142lbs. Formerly tailors cutter. Resided

Home 3rd May 1915 to 11th July 1916; BEF 12th July 1916 to 6th April 1918.

3rd May 1915, enlisted & posted 2/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, 4745; 11th July 1916, transferred  to 1/4th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment; 11th JUly 1916, embarked Folkestone; 12th July 1916, disembarked Boulogne; 13th July 1916, arrived 12th Infantry Base Depot, Etaples; 26th July 1916, proceeded to join Battalion in the Field; 7th September 1916, transferred to 4th Reserve Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, & posted 10th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 7th December 1916, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 13th March 1917, reverts to Private at own request; 16th October 1917 to 12th November 1917, awarded 28 days Field Punishment No.2. by Commanding Officer, whilst on Active Service, disobeying an order; 14th November 1917, proceeded to Italy; 28th February 1918, Tried by F.G.C.M. whilst on active service, conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that on January 31st 1918, loaded his masters revolver without permission & left same carelessly lying about, thereby causing a comrade ro be wounded. Found guilty, sentenced to 28th Days Field Punishment No.1.; 23rd March 1918, posted missing; 6th April 1918, Feldlaz Fechain, died of shot wound to kidney.

20th June 1918, War Office Memo - The Officer in Charge of Records, is informed that the report received on Official List of German Dead of the death of No.18009. Pte. S Barnard, 10 Battalion West Kent on 6-4-18 in Feldlaz ar Fechain, France from shot wound kidney, (buried Cem. at Fechain, Grave 195) has been accepted as sufficient evidence for official purposes. The next of kin should be notified accordingly and the usual papers prepared, if not already done. (The place of Burial, and the place, and cause of death, should be communicated to the next of kin, when these particulars are furnished).

23rd December 1918, date to which Separation Allowance of 7/9 a week will be paid.

29th July 1919 - letter on behalf of mother, from brother in law, George William Harris, 78 Evington Street, Leicester asking for a photograph of the grave.

13th September 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Robert Barnard, 162½ High Cross Street, Leicester; Mother, Mary Jane Barnard, 162½ High Cross Street, Leicester; Sisters - Beatrice Lilian ?????, age 22, 162½ High Cross Street, Leicester; Emily Evelyn Barnard, age 10, 162½ High Cross Street, Leicester.

6th October 1922, report by Graves Registration Unit, buried at Fechain Communal Cemetery, German Extension,7.5 miles SW of Denain.

4th October 1924, exhumed from Fechain and reburied at Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery,  XXIV. A. 11., Souchez, Pas de Calais, France.


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