Richard Joseph Barnes

Date of birth: 25th March 1885
Date of marriage: 1910
Place of marriage: Portsmouth
Service No.: 211192 (Po)
Rank: Leading Seaman
Regiment / Division: Royal Navy
Battalion / Ship: HMS Queen Mary
Died: 31st May 1916 aged 31 years
Death location: At sea at the Battle of Jutland

Life before the War

Richard’s parents were William, b. 1842 and died in 1896 at the age of 54, and Angelina, nee Pscinga, b. 1861 and died in 1895 at just 34 years of age.  William and Angelina were both born in Portsmouth. They were married in Southampton in 1876 and both died there.

In the census of 1891 William and Angelina, together with their four children, were living at 4 Brewhouse Lane, Southampton. William senior was employed as a Labourer.

Richard had 4 siblings:

William Joseph Patrick b. 16th September 1881  d. 1st November 1914 (war casualty)
Julie b. 1883
George Henry b. 1888  d. 6th October 1918 (war casualty)
Rosina Mary b. 1889

After the death of their parents the children were placed in the Workhouse.

Richard was married to Margaret Josephine, nee Purcell, in 1910.

The 1901 census shows Richard as a Boy Class 2 with the Royal Navy, stationed in Dorset.

Richard married Margaret Josephine Purcell in 1910. Margaret was born in 1886, Dublin, Ireland. The 1911 census shows them living at 69 Ranelagh Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire. Richard was serving with the Royal Navy. After her husband’s death Margaret married David O’Toole in Portsmouth in 1919.

Both of Richard’s brothers also died at sea – George was serving with the Mercantile Marine Reserve on the HMS Otranto when it sunk following a collision with another British troopship and William was serving with the Royal Navy on the HMS Good Hope when it was attacked and sunk at the Battle of Coronel.

War Service

Name: Richard Joseph Barnes
Rank: Leading Seaman
Birth Date: 25 March 1885
Branch of Service: Royal Navy
Cause of Death: Killed or died as a direct result of enemy action enemy action
Official Number Port Division: 211192 (Po)
Death Date: 31 May 1916
Ship or Unit: HMS Queen Mary
Location of Grave: Not recorded
Name and address of cemetery: Body not recovered for burial
Relatives notified and address: Widow: Margaret J, 192 Sultan Road, Landport, Portsmouth

Royal Navy and Royal Marine War Graves Roll

Like his brother William, Richard is also remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial (Panel Reference 12).  All the brothers – Richard, George Henry and William – are also remembered on the Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall along with their cousin, Arthur Ernest Flower, another casualty of the War.

Richard was entitled to the Star, British Service and Victory Medals.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial
“Barnes, Ldg, Smn. Richard Joseph, 211192. R.N. H.M.S. “Queen Mary”. Killed in action at Battle of Jutland 31st May, 1916. I2”

Historical Information

The Queen Mary participated in the largest fleet action of the war, the Battle of Jutland in mid 1916.  She was hit twice by the German battle cruiser Derfflinger during the early part of the battle and her magazines exploded shortly afterwards, sinking the ship. All on board perished.

Her wreck was discovered in 1991 and rests in pieces, some of which are upside down, on the floor of the North Sea.  The site is designated as a protected place under the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 as it is the grave of 1,266 officers and men.

If you want to know more about William, George and Arthur please select the link to their names.

The bodies of the three brothers were never recovered so they were never laid to rest.

Researcher: Shaun Connolly (Great Nephew to the Barnes brothers)
and Becky Lonergan
Published: 23rd October 2013
Updated: Insert dates here

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