Edward John Barnes

Date of birth: 24th April 1896
Place of birth: Curepipe, Mauritius
Regiment: Prince of Wales Royal Lancers
Battalion: 12th
Rank / Service No: Private, 4528
Died: 25th November 1914, aged 18 years
Buried: Wimereux Communal Cemetery, France (Plot I, Row B, Grave 22A)


Edward was the second of 5 known siblings born to Edward Henry and Mary Anne Barnes, who married (although there is no proof) in 1893.

The couple had 6 children so it must be assumed that one died in infancy.


Edward Henry, an Army valet, was born in Southampton in 1864 and he died in the city in 1931.

Mary was born in the city in 1867 and she passed away near Winchester in 1924.



Violet Mary   b. 23 October 1893 Mauritius   d. 1969 Winchester   Married David J. Henry in Southampton in 1912.

Edward John

Lottie May   b. 11 January 1900 Southampton   d. 1977 Southampton   Married Norman L. Beavis in Southampton in 1940.

Robert Henry   b. 1904 Gibralter   d. 1962 Southampton

Elsie Kathleen  b. 18 August 1905 South Africa   d. 1996 Bath   Married Joseph W. Bradley in Southampton in 1930.


The regiment was based in Norwich at the outbreak of war and landed in France August 1914, as part of the 5th Cavalry Brigade, which became part of the 2nd Cavalry Division in the September.


The division was immediately involved in the Battle of Mons and then in the Battle of the Marne (6-9 September 1914).


As part of the 3rd Cavalry Brigade, his battalion took part in the First Battle of the Aisne towards the end of September 1914.


With very little rest, the battalion was then thrown into the First Battle of Ypres, notably at Gheluvelt (29-31 October). It is possible that Edward was wounded during this encounter, and he was then transferred to one of the fixed hospitals away from the front line.


Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016


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