Leslie Everett Barnes

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Barnes, Private Leslie Everett no. 1320.

30th (or 38th) Battalion.


Spring fitter.

Born 1889, son of George [Frederick?] & Frances M.M. Barnes.

Educated at Public School, Newcastle.

Lived at Neutral Bay.

Married Grace M.M. Baragry 1909.

Next of kin: Grace Margaret Mary Barnes, wife, 39 Enmore Road, Marrickville, later 43 John Street, Waterloo.

Enlisted 30/8/1915 Neutral Bay.

Died of disease 26/4/1918 in Leeds Hospital, aged 26.

Buried Birmingham (Lodge Hill) Cemetery, Warwickshire grave B10.224.

AWM File IDRL428 Box 17 (Letters re missing servicemen to British Red Cross)

Claude Casson, visiting NCO for the Australian Red Cross:

Private L.E. Barnes died at 2nd/1st Southern General Hospital, Edgebaston, Birmingham, on 26th April 1918.

He was admitted to hospital with minor hand trouble, he was also slightly feverish. While in hospital he drew attention to a swelling of the right knee. While in the operating theatre, with a view to operation on knee, the heart failed while anaesthetic was being administered.

An inquest was held and the coroner's decision was: ’Death from heart failure, while under anaesthetic properly administered’.

Private L.E. Barnes was buried with full military honours at Lodge Hill Cemetery, Birmingham. I have personally visited the cemetery with a view to obtain a photograph of the grave, but it is at present incomplete.

Memorial Board, Church of England, Campsie (Barbes, L.E.).

Tele/Mirror 11/11/1993 Died of Wounds 26/4/1918 In England (of Sydney).

Anzac Memorial Died of Illness 23/4/1918.

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