J Burntwood & District Memorials Project

The Burntwood & District War Memorial Project

Servicemen Biographies

Joseph Edward Barrett

Burntwood Family History

This is a photograph of Alan Betts's great uncle, Joseph Edward Barnett
Joseph was born in Wolverhampton in 1881. His parents Thomas BARNETT and Hannah BARNETT (nee OWEN) moved to Littleworth in 1883, his father Thomas looking for work in the brickyards
Joseph left school and went down the coal mine but at the age of 33 in 1914 he answered 

Kitchener's call and enlisted in the 7th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment

With the 6th Lincoln's, 6th Border Regiment and the 9th Sherwood Foresters, the 7th Batalion South Staffs Regiment, formed the 11th Division of the 33rd Infantry Brigade.In July 1915, they were sent to Gallipoli On the 30th November Joseph was wounded and taken to a field hospital on Lemnos. The following day, he died from his wounds and was buried inEast Moudros Militery Cemetery, Lemnos 

His name appears on both the

Hednesford War Memorial and Cannock Church Street Memorial

In June 2010, Alan went to Moudros Military Cemetery and visited Joseph's grave and paid his respects

Alan then wrote the story of his short army career and it appeared in the July 2010 issue of the Journal entitled


Burntwood Family History Group

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