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George Barnett was born in 1895 in Sheffield to parents George Henry and Annie Barnett his father was born in Oakham Rutland and his mother in Lincoln.
On the 1891 census George and Annie were living at 95, Jericho Street, Sheffield with one daughter Emily age 9 born in Nottingham, George’s occupation was a plumber.
In 1901 they had moved to 163, Providence Road Walkley. As well as Emily, now 19, they had another daughter Annie age 9 and their son George age 6. Both were born in Sheffield.
On the 1911 census the still lived at 163, Providence Road. Emily had now married Fred Horsfield at St Mary’s Church Walkley and had left home leaving Annie age 19 a warehouse hand in a wholesale chemist and George, age 15, a plumbers apprentice, so following the same occupation has his father.
George enlisted with the York and Lancaster Regiment as a Private Regiment no.5891 and 32273 on the 10th (service battalion) but was killed on the 21st April 1917 in France and Flanders in the Western European Theatre. George is on the list of casualties for the 2nd Battle of the Scarpe as the battalion records it. He is listed as specifically “killed” as opposed to died of wounds as some of the others were.
His memorial is at the Faubourg-d’Amiens cemetery, Arras. Dept du pas-de-Calais France. Plot Bay 8 and reads “Private George Barnett, service no 32273. Date of death 21.4.1917. Regiment/service York and Lancaster 10th battalion.”
George was awarded the British and Victory Medals and was remember on the leaded-glass window in the Walkley Reform Club and also on the Roll of Honour.
By Geraldine Stansall