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John Osmond BARNARD

Regimental number3216
Place of birthEarls Colne, Essex, England
Age on arrival in Australia47
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGlenholm, 146-148 Phillip Street, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation44
Height5' 6.75"
Weight128 lbs
Next of kinBrother, Osmond Barnard, Black Notly Hall, Braintree, Essex, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date31 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 August 1915
Place of enlistmentSydney, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A29 Suevic on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll55th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 20 July 1916
Place of death or woundingFance
Date of death20 July 1916
Age at death48
Age at death from cemetery records46
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 11), Australian Cemetery, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Osmond and Elizabeth BARNARD. Native of Earls Colne, Essex, England
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Allotted to and proceeded to 55th Bn from 5th Training Bn, Zeitoun, 16 February 1916; taken on strength of 55th Bn, Tel el Kebir, 16 February 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Posted missing, 20 July 1916.

Previous report of missing, now, 17 April 1917, to be reported as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916' on a statement by Pte A.H. Hardy, 3078.

Note, Red Cross File No 240201: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills 10.10.19.'

Statement, 3076 Pte A.H. HARDY, B Company, 55th Bn (patient, No 9 General Hospital, Rouen): 'After the Fromelles attack on July 19th when returning to our trenches on the morning of July 20th, I saw Barnard lying dead in No Man's Land.'

Second statement, 3144 Sergeant Dennis O'DEA, C Company, 55th Bn (patient, 3rd Southern General Hospital, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, England), 2 January 1917: 'I was with Jack Barnard ... on July 20th at Fromelles, we had taken a German trench the evening before. He was a middle aged man, and I told him to go to the rear of the trench where the fire was not so hot, but he would stay with his men. He had been detailed off to guard German prisoners, but he would go over with his lads. He was very popular and very brave, and never took care of himself. He was last seen wounded in the German trench by Pte Jim Perkins, 3049 ... just before we retired. He must have been left behind, and have fallen into German hands.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARNARD John Osmond
Red Cross File No 240201

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