William James Barnes

Date of birth: 1881
Place of birth: Petersfield
Regiment: Dorsetshire
Battalion: 1st
Rank / Service No: Private, 18283
Died: 6th December 1917, aged 37 years
Buried: Duhallow A.D.S Cemetery, Belgium (Plot II, Row D, Grave 25)


William was the second of 7 known siblings born to James and Augusta Matilda Barnes (nee Stubbs), who married in Petersfield in 1879.

The couple are known to have had 11 children, so 4 must have died in infancy.


James was born in Winchester in 1859 and died in Southampton in 1939.

Augusta was born in Petersfield in 1860 and she passed away in Twyford in 1929.



Emma   b. 4 January 1879   d. 1898 Twyford

William James

Ethel  b. 26 April 1883 Alton   d. 1960 Southampton Married Charles Waterman in Alresford in 1906.

Arthur   b. 14 April 1886 Alton   d. 1962 Twyford   Married Daisy Emily Dorey in Winchester in 1909.

Eric ALBERT   b. 1889 Alton   d. ?? Married Bertha F. Gray in Winchester in 1912.

Jesse   b. 22 December 1894 Twyford   d. 1978 Twyford   Married Winifred A. Lester in Winchester in 1930.

Ellen   b. 21 April 1897 Alton   d. ??


William married Charlotte Amelia Gray in Winchester in 1905; the couple had no children.

Charlotte was born near Winchester in 1879 and she married Reginald F. Blandford in Southampton in 1928.

She passed away in Southampton in 1947.



The Dorsetshire 1st Battalion was formed in Belfast in August 1914, part of the 15th Brigade in the 5th Division.

The battalion landed at Le Havre on 16 August 1914, and proceeded to fight in all the major battles in France and Flanders.


In December 1915, the battalion was transferred to the 95th Brigade in the 32nd Division and into the 14th Brigade in January 1916.


1917 saw the battalion involved in operations on the Ancre and, latterly, in the pursuit of the Germans back to the Hindenburg Line.


The cemetery was begun in July 1917 and was used by the 11th, 36th and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations in October and November 1918.


It holds 1,554 Commonwealth WW1 graves.


William’s headstone reads: “ He gave his life for King and country.”



Researcher: Mark Heritage
Published: 7th December 2016


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