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Remembered Today:

LCpl Middleton Barnes 3 Grenadier Guards d.27/4/16

Will O'Brien

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As per the CWGC


Initials: M

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Lance Corporal

Regiment: Grenadier Guards

Unit Text: 3rd Bn.

Date of Death: 27/04/1916

Service No: 20924

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: C. 1.


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& the cemetery info


Country: Belgium

Locality: Ieper, West-Vlaanderen

Location Information: The cemetery is located to the North East of the town of Ieper. From the station turn left and drive along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left into M.Haiglaan and drive to the next roundabout. Here turn right into Oude Veurnestraat, this then changes into Diksmuidseweg and Brugseweg. Drive along this road and continue straight over the traffic lights to the end of the road. At the T junction turn left (still Brugseweg) and continue along this road the N313 to the village of Sint Jan. At the crossroads in the village turn right onto the N345, Potijzestraat, follow this road and the cemetery is approx 400 metres along on the right hand side.

Historical Information: Potijze was within the Allied lines during practically the whole of the First Word War and although subject to incessant shell fire, Potijze Chateau contained an advanced dressing station. Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery was used from April 1915 to October 1918. There are now 584 Commonwealth burials of the First World War within the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

No. of Identified Casualties: 565

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Middleton Barnes' online MIC index entry can be seen here

It has a slightly different spelling of his forename..............a transcribing error perhaps

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The 1901 census has two Middleton Barnes'...........one is a 29 year old Railway Carman born & living in Islington & the other a 5 year old also from Islington (pretty sure these two will be related).............Both are possibilities, the first would have been 44 in 1916..........a bit old for front line service but not unheard of............the second would have been 20 in 1916 & the more likely of the two

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Yes you were right, they were father and son.

They lived at 38 Victor Road, Islington. The household consisted of Middleton and his wife, Sophia, and their 3 children Middleton, Walter and Eleanor.

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