Albert Edward Barnes

Date of birth: 23rd December 1898
Place of birth: St. Mary’s, Southampton
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Vessel: HMS Shakespeare
Rank / Service No: Able Seaman, J/ 39091
Died: 19th November 1917, aged 18 years
Commemorated: Portsmouth Naval Memorial


Albert was the fourth of 7 siblings born to John Thomas and Lily Jane Ethel Barnes (nee Barnes !), who married in Christchurch in 1892.


The family lived at 72 Priory Road, Portswood for the early part of the 20th century before moving to 26 Alfred St in St. Mary’s after the 1911 Census.


John Thomas, a carpenter, was born in Poole in 1869. At the 1891 Census, he was lodging at 319 Stour Road, Poole. He died in Southampton in 1938.

Lily was born in Christchurch in 1870 and she passed away at 72 Priory Road in 1910.



Frederick Charles   b. 3 October 1891 Bournemouth   d. 19 December 1948 at sea, of a neoplasm to the lung. Married Lilian R. Reid in Lambeth in 1920. 

Thomas   b. 1896 Bournemouth   d. ??

Bessie Mabel   b. 1897 Portswood   d. 1959 Southampton   Married George F. Reeves in Southampton in 1915.

Albert Edward 

William David   b. 27 December 1902 Portswood   d. Australia   He married a Vera between 1925 and 1932 and he left bound for Australia on 27 November 1924.

Frank Sidney   b. 25 May 1904 Portswood   d. 1988 Southampton   Married Lilian M. Pugh in Southampton in 1925.

Robert George   b. 31 May 1888 Christchurch   d. 1929 Southampton   Lodging with the Allen family at 14 Brickfield Road at 1911 Census. Married Lily M. Bromby in Southampton in 1911.



Albert enlisted into the Royal Navy on 23 December 1916, for the standard 12 years. He joined Shakespeare, which was launched on 7 July 1917, on 10 October 1917.


Whilst at sea, Albert was “lost overboard” and was presumed drowned.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016


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