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Harry Barrett.


Belfast Telegraph Newspaper Photograph of Private Harry Barrett.

Life Story

Name: John Henry Barrett.

Service Number: 40918.

Rank: Private.

Battalion: 109th Field Ambulance.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps.

Born: 4th of May 1898, Belfast.

Died: 16th August 1917.

Address: 28 Carnan Street, Belfast


John Henry Barrett, son of John Barrett and Sarah Anne McCrudden, lived at 28 Carnan Street, Shankill Road, Belfast.

The 1901 Ireland Census has John Henry Barrett living at 134 Argyle Street, Shankill Road, Belfast, with his mother, Sarah Ann McCrudden, 24 years, occupation, Yarn Counter, a brother, Samuel, 7 years, his grandparents, Samuel, 52 years, Head of Family and a General Labourer, grandmother, Esther, 55 years. Also within the house was two aunts, Mary Jane, 27 years, Flax Spinner, Sarah, (adopted)15years, his uncle, Samuel, 20 years, Apprentice Rivetter, and two boarders, Sarah Braithwaite, 24 years, Linen Weaver, and Georgina Braithwaite, under 1 year, Boarder Sarah's daughter.

The 1911 Ireland Census has John living at 15 Southland Street, Belfast with his mother, now Sarah McCormick, stepfather, James McCormick, occupation, General Labourer, stepsisters Minnie, 11 years, Agnes, 10 years, step brother James, 7 years, and grandparents Samuel and Esther McCrudden.

Further information shows that Johns mother had been married on at least two occasions, to Samuel McMurray April 1904, and James McCormick in February 1909.

John joined the Royal Army Medical Corps.

He was posted as part of the British Expeditionary Force to France on the 5th of October 1915.

John Henry Barrett was a Private in the 109th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps when he was Killed In Action on the 16th August 1917.

A local newspaper states.

Fallen Belfast Soldiers.

Intimation has been received that Private John H Barrett, R.A.M.C has been killed in action. Deceased worked at Messrs Combe Barbour's before enlistment. His mother Mrs McCormick, who resides at 28 Carnan Street, Belfast, has received a sympathetic communication from an officer, in the course of which he says - Your boy was a general favourite, full of fun, and with plenty of pluck as is testified by the fact that he met his death tending to the wounded within a few yards of the front line trench.

Johns Soldiers Effects were left to his mother.

A Dependant Pension Application Form shows Johns mother Mrs Sarah McCormick as claimant.

He received the British War Medal, Victory Medal and 1915 Star.

He is Remembered at Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium.

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