Huthwaite War Memorial Project

BARNES C. E. 305489

Charles E Barnes

Charles Edward Barnes

Lance Sergeant 305489 - Sherwood Foresters
Notts Derby Regiment 2nd/5th Battalion

Killed in Action Flanders 26th Sep 1917 : Aged 24

TYNE COT MEMORIAL Panel 99 to 102 and 162 to 162A.

Charles Edward may be worthy of a Huthwaite mention, given official claim it being his birth place. He was also noted lastly residing at Sutton-in-Ashfield, where he does gain rightful mention on that towns memorial due also his parental ties. Reportage shows he had a son also named Charlie and clearly was married. Unconfirmed without names, some doubt remains exactly where they began marital life.

Notts Free Press - 2nd November 1917.

  Another Suttonian to lose his life in the war is Sergeant C. Barnes, of Bishop-street, at the age of 24 years. Sergeant Barnes joined the 8th Sherwood Foresters on September 7th, 1914. He was moved into another battalion of the Sherwoods six months ago, after being in hospital suffering with rheumatic fever. He met his death in action on the 26th September. Before enlistment he was employed at the Summit Colliery. He was married and leaves a wife and one child.   Mrs. Barnes has received the following letter:-
  It is with the deepest regret that I have to acquaint you of the death in action of your husband. Lance-Sergeant Barnes, with whom was associated as his platoon officer. He was killed on September 26th, and it may be some consolation to you to know that he suffered no pain, his death being caused instantaneously by several bullets from a machine gun. Your husband had not been with us long, although, as you know, he had been in the army some years, but he had been with us long enough for us to know that he was an efficient and keen non-commissioned officer. I am grieved to have to write you with such sad news, but please accept my sincere sympathy in your trouble. His loss is greatly felt by his comrades here.-R. Stone, 2nd Lieut."
Notts Free Press - In Memoriam - 27th September 1918
Barnes - In Loving Memory of Sergeant Charles Edward Barnes (Sutton-in-Ashfield), who was killed in Action, September 26th, aged 25 years. We never thought when he said "Good-bye", He had gone to a far off land to die; His heart was true, his spirit brave, His resting place a soldier's grave. - From his loving son Charlie, Father, Mother, Sisters and Brother-in-Law.

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Written 15 Feb 09 Revised 15 Feb 09 © by Gary Elliott