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Frederick Barnes was born in Ramsbottom, Lancashire in April 1893.

On 7th September 1914 he enlisted in the Army at Bolton, joining the 9th Battalion of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment with the service number 14631. He had no military experience and had been working as a labourer.

At his enlistment medical he was described as being 5ft 3in tall, weighing 112lbs with grey eyes and brown hair.

On 30th November 1914, Fred married Florence (nee Foster) at the Holy Trinity Church, Bolton. They set up home together at 82 John Taylor Street, Bolton.

On 25th September 1915 Private Fred Barnes sailed with the main body of the 9th (Service) Battalion from Folkestone to France.

Fred was granted leave to the UK between 5th to 15th January 1917, and again between 26th January 1918 to 8th February 1918.

On 21st March 1918, having served for 3 years and 196 days, Fred was noted as being missing in action near the beetroot factory, north of the Cambrai-Bapaume Road.

The Regimental History records that on this date Privates Barnes, Livesay, Lowe and Glease and Lance-Corporal Goodwin were all conspicuous for their bravery and disregard of danger in attending to and bringing in the wounded.

Fred’s next of kin received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll in recognition of his War Service and sacrifice.

Private Frederick Barnes was buried in the Beaumetz Les Cambrai Military Cemetery.

Rank: Private
Service No: 14631
Date of Death: 21/03/1918
Regiment/Service: The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment,9th Bn.

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