BARNES Charlie



Charlie BARNES

Charlie is shown on military records as born Queensbury.  In 1891 his parents, Richard and Susannah, were living at 40 High Street, Queensbury, Charlie was born in 1894.

In 1901 the family lived in Shipley and in 1911 they were living at 3 Cornwall Terrace, Manningham, Bradford.

Richard and Susannah had seven children, five girls and two boys; Charlie was their second youngest.  In 1911 he was in occupation as an apprentice ruler.

Charlie served in the 18th Battalion. West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) also known as the 2nd Bradford Pals, he was killed in action on 1st July 1916, the opening day of the Somme campaign.

The 18th Battalion had moved into their assembly trenches by 04:30hrs, at 08:30hrs a message was received that the 16th Battalion were held up, the commanding officer was ordered forward to investigate, he was killed by artillery.  At 08:40hrs the 18th Battalion left the assembly trenches, upon leaving the safety of the dead ground they came under heavy machine gun fire and an intensive barrage of shrapnel and high explosive rounds, the casualties were very heavy.

Charlie was aged 22 when he was killed his name is on the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL (Pier and Face 2 A 2 C and 2 D).