William James Barnard

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William James Barnard
Barnard William James 4024.jpg
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1892
Place of Birth Ipswich, Suffolk, England
Death 9 February 1944, aged 51
Place of Death North Perth, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 24
Description 5'7¼" (1.71m) tall ; 117 lbs
53.07 kg
; fresh complexion ; blue eyes ; fair hair
Occupation Carter
Religion Congregational
Address Kelmscott, Western Australia
Next of Kin Sister , Mrs Emma Buckingham
Military Information
Reg Number 4024
Date of Enlistment 25 April 1916
Rank Private
Unit/Formation 32nd Battalion, 10th Reinforcement / 8th Brigade, 5th Division
Date of Embarkation 30 October 1916 ‒ 28 December 1916
Ship Embarked On HMAT A16 Port Melbourne Fremantle to Devonport
Date of Return 31 January 1918 ‒ 14 February 1918
Ship Returned On HMAT A33 Ayrshire
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Kelmscott War Memorial (West panel)
Kelmscott Congregational Church Honour Board
Medals British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

1916 Electoral Roll lists him as a carter living in River road, Kelmscott.

War Service

An earlier attempt to enlist on 6 Jan 1916 was refused due to cardiac weakness. Initially at Blackboy camp William was to join the 22nd Reinforcement draft for the 11th Battalion, but this was changed to the 10th reinforcement draft for the 32nd Battalion prior to embarkation on 30 Oct 1916 aboard HMAT A16 Port Melbourne. They disembarked in Davenport on 28 December.

On arrival in England, he spent six months with the 8th Training Battalion in Hurdcott before being sent to France on 9 Jul 1917 where he then spent another six months with the Australian Infantry Based Depot in Le Havre, before returning to the No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth in England on 7 Jan 1918.

So, although he did reach France, he did not join his front line unit as he was ruled unfit with cardiac weakness (Mitral stenosis) and was sent home early. Discharged by the 5th Military District on 19 May 1918.

Post War

During 1932, William married Inez Shirley Brigatti in the metro area. In 1936 he was a musician living with Inez at 7 Prospect place, Balkatta, while in 1943 they were at 62 Burt street North Perth. Death notice mentions wife Inez and 3 children - Glenys, Cedric, and Peter. William died at home.[1]


  1. "Family Notices". The West Australian. 60, (17,968). Western Australia. 10 February 1944. p. 1. Retrieved 18 May 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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