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Charles E Barnes

Charles Edward Barnes

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

Enlisted: Mansfield 7th September 1914

Killed in Action Belgium 26th Sep 1917 : Aged 24

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

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Lance Sergeant 305489 Charles Edward Barnes is offered additional Huthwaite remembrance recognising family and birthplace.

Charles Edward Barnes was born Q2 1894 in Hucknall Huthwaite. Name recognises his grandfather Charles Barnes, and further extends lineage of that large Hucknall Huthwaite family of coal miners housed in Newcastle Street. The 1892 marriage between one son John Barnes with Miss Hannah Morley North from Sutton identifies future father and mother for this Charles Edwards.

Mr John and Mrs Hannah Barnes parented first 4 of their 10 surviving children in Huthwaite. Moving into Sutton-in-Ashfield just before 1901 census presents their first known individual address in Spring Street. Their growing family household still manages to incidentally offer lodgings to an older fellow coal miner, when 22 Club Street accommodates entire Barnes family with a more descriptive 1911 listing head John 44, wife Hannah 38, Aaron 19, Charles E 17, Annie 15, Ellen 12, Harriett 11, John 9, Mabel 8, Samuel 6, George 4, Seline 2.   Whereas father and older brother work Sutton Colliery known as Brierley pit, Charles worked at Kirkby Summit Colliery until enlisted at Mansfield 7th September 1914.

Private C E Barnes joined the Notts & Derbys Regiment of Sherwood Foresters, entering France March 1915 also a husband and father. Promoted rank and final battalion number reportedly reveals return to service after treating a familiar Trench fever.

Lance Sergeant 305489 Charles Edward Barnes rejoined the fight abroad. Belgium is where he was instantly killed in action aged 24. Leaving a widow at their Bishop Street address, son Charles is named on the War Gratuity noting his birthday 10-7-14. This Sutton based family present a named Charles Barnes given Roll of Honour inside the St Mary Magdalene parish church.

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.


15 Feb 09     by Gary Elliott       Updated 05 Nov 20