Harold Barnett

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Barnett, Private Harold no.3557.

4th Battalion.

21 Wonga Street Canterbury.


Born 1888 at Canterbury, son of Stephen & Mary Jane Barnett.

Lived in Duke Street Canterbury.

Educated Canterbury Superior Public School.

Enlisted 28/11/1916 at Canterbury.

Next of kin: mother, Mary Jane Barnett, 21 Wonga Street, Canterbury.

Casualty List SMH 10/12/1917 Missing 4/10/1917.

AWM File IDRL428 Letters re missing servicemen to British Red Cross.

Private Roy Terry no.2189 4th Battalion, W.41 Harefield 11/12/17 (RTA 16/12/1917):

I was a runner and went up with Captain Estall and Lieutenant Crawford to find out something about the track, and as we were going up I saw a body which they told me was Barnett dead just off the track. I did not know him too well.

Private W.E. Dunn no.3463 (later 3rd M.G. Bn) no.3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 23/11/1917. (RTA 14/2/1918):

Re: H. Barnett no.3557, W.E. Edwards no.6355 and C.O’Keefe no.3394.

I knew them all well and they were all three missing in the attack in front of Ypres on that day and I believe they were all three together. It is quite impossible for them to have got into the German line because of the barrage. We held the objective and the ground was well searched. Enquiries were made at the DS.s and we were asked on parade to give any information about them but none was forthcoming, and we can only think that they were blown to pieces or buried. It was very muddy.

Description: Barnett: medium height and build fair, came from Canterbury. Edwards: a big man, dark, about 24. O’Keefe: medium height and build dark. He had been in Belmore, Sydney, five years before the war.

Casualty List SMH 16/4/1918 Killed in Action 4/10/1917 (Previously reported missing) Killed at Broodseinde Ridge.

“Cousin to 4 Law boys of Marrickville, and Lionel George Jackson, Canterbury, since deceased, war wounds”. Further information could be obtained from Mrs E. Jurd, 8 Queen Street, Granville.

Memorial on the Menin Gate.

Roll of Honour, Canterbury District.

Special acknowledgement

The foundation of the information on this page was copied from the prize winning publication Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. This book is the culmination of 12 years (1988-2000) research by a team of volunteers from Canterbury and District Historical Society led by Dr Lesley Muir. Without this team's effort and dedication and the Society's willingness and support, this information would not be available today.


An uneditable version of the book Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe is in the eBook section of this wiki. In the main section, there is an alphabetical list of the 1,911 names in the book with a link to the biography copied from the book about each individual. The alphabetical list is titled Canterbury's Boys list. The biographical files are editable, created to provide the space for descendants, historians, researchers, etc to contribute any further information, photographs, newspaper articles, memories, etc. they may have discovered so it is available for this and future generations.


Canterbury's boys : World War I & Sydney's suburban fringe. Edited by Lesley Muir. Campsie, N.S.W. : Canterbury and District Historical Society, 2002