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William Benjamin Tanst BARNES

Regimental number203
Date of birth10 September 1884
Place of birthSittingbourne, Kent, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationGeneral
AddressLondon Estate, Paddington
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Height5' 10.5"
Next of kinMother, Mrs Amelia M Barnes, Soudan Estate, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceServed in the Naval Cadets, Brisbane; 9 years in the Permanent Naval Forces, Queensland.
Enlistment date24 March 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 May 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentAble Bodied Driver
Unit name1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
AWM Embarkation Roll numberMIS34.12.1.RANBT1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board A39 Port Macquarie on 4 June 1915
Rank from Nominal RollChief Petty Officer
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Royal Australian Naval Bridging Train
FateReturned to Australia 29 May 1917
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

Arrived Lemnos, 21 July 1915. Promoted Leading Seaman, Suvla Bay, 12 September 1915. Disembarked Alexandria from Mudros, 20 January 1916 (general Gallipoli evacuation).

Appointed Petty Officer, Ismailia, 10 February 1916; Temporary Chief Petty Officer, 1 March 1916; CPO rank made substantive, 13 March 1916.

Sick to hospital, Kubri West, 30 September 1916 (malaria); admitted to 18th Stationary Hospital same day; transferred to Government Hospital, Suez, 30 September 1916; discharged to duty, 10 October 1916; rejoined unit same day.

Marched out to El Arish, 19 December 1916; returned from El Arish, 30 March 1917.

Commenced return to Australia from Suez on board HT 'Bulla', 29 May 1917; arrived Melbourne, 8 July 1917, for onward travel to Brisbane; discharged (medically unfit), 4 September 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

Date of death--/--/1924

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