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Surname: BARRETT

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Crackenthorpe, Westmorland

Service No: 71485

Rank: Gunner

Regiment / Corps / Service: Royal Garrison Artillery

Battalion / Unit: 138th Siege Battery

Division: ---

Age: 27

Date of Death: 1917-04-22

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: VI. D. 12.


CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SETTLE, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Barrett was the son of David and Ann Barrett, née Sewell. David was born at Limbury near Luton, Bedfordshire and Ann at Winton, Westmorland.

1891 Crackenthorpe, Westmorland Census: George & Dragon Inn - John Barrett, aged 1 year, born Crackenthorpe, Bongate, son of David and Ann Barrett. [David, Ann and John were living with living with Ann's mother, Hannah Sewell.]

1901 Appleby, Westmorland Census: Pembroke Street - John Barrett, aged 11 years, born Crackenthorpe, Appleby, Westmorland, son of David and Ann Barrett.

1911 Appleby, Westmorland Census: Pembroke Street - John Barrett, aged 21 years, born Bongate [Parish], Westmorland, son of David and Ann Barrett.

The British Army Service Record for John Barrett exists but may be incomplete. [John's record states that he was killed by shell fire and that he was originally buried in Le Tortue Military Cemetery.]

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Gnr John Barrett, 71485, R.G.A.

British Army WW1 Medal and Award Rolls: Gnr John Barrett, 71485, 138 Sge Bty R.G.A.

Army Registers of Soldiers' Effects: Gnr John Barrett, 71485, 138 Sge Bty R.G.A. Date and Place of Death: 22.4.17 in Action Greece. To whom Authorised/Amount Authorised: Father - David. £10 3s. 2d.

UK, WW1 Pension Ledgers and Index Cards, 1914-1923: card(s) exist for John. Name(s) on card(s): Dependant: Mrs Ann Barrett, deceased. Relationship: Mother. Dependant: David Barrett. Relationship: Father. Address: Pembroke Street, Appleby, Westmorland. Nominee: Ann Sewell Dobson.

John is commemorated on the Midland Railway War Memorial at Derby and the Appleby Roll of Honour.

Data Source: Local War Memorial


Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record: ---


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Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Royal Garrison Artillery

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Soldiers Died Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BARRETT

Forename(s): John

Born: Appleby, Westmorland

Residence: Settle, Yorks

Enlisted: Keighley

Number: 71485

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery



Died Date: 22/04/17

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: Balkans


Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

CWGC Data for Soldier Records

Surname: BARRETT

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 71485

Rank: Gunner

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Unit: 138th Siege Bty.

Age: 27


Died Date: 22/04/1917

Additional Information: Son of David and Ann Barrett, of Pembroke St., Appleby, Westmorland.




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04 January 1918


Memorial Service at the Parish Church

A memorial service for the Settle soldiers who have fallen in the war was held at the Parish Church last Sunday afternoon. There was a large congregation, and the service was conducted by Rev. W. E. Linney (vicar). The hymns 'God of the living in Whose eyes,' 'Jesus lives,' 'On the resurrection morn,' and ' O God our help in aged past' were sung, and the 'Last Post' was sounded at the close of the service by two of the local Cadets. The organist (Mr. F. Lord) also played appropriate music as the congregation assembled and left the church.

The Vicar, in the course of his sermon, said they were met to remember the Settle soldiers, men, and boys - some indeed little more than boys - who had laid down their lives for the country at the war, whether during the year which was just drawing to a close or in the earlier stages of the conflict. When he asked them to remember those heroes that day, he knew that he was asking them to do what they were always doing. They were their own dear ones united to many of them by ties of blood - husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, as well as friends. How could they forget them? Were they not reminded of them day by day by the gaps in their home circles, which could never again be filled by them? They all desired in their hearts that God would bless and keep them, and give them peace. and happiness. The Vicar then read the following list of the Settle men who had laid down their lives:- John Edward Bell, Geo. S. Belles, Fredk. Baldwin, John Barrett, Robert Bateson, William Bradley, Frank Bulcock, George R. Bullock, Herbert Clark, John Cokell, Edward Ellershaw, Jas. Ewart, Wm. Ewart, Fredk. Frost, Harold Goss, Alfred Gower, Joseph Lord, John Morphet, John Packard, Chas. Peachey, Thomas Howarth Preston, Albert Ralph, Thos. Stackhouse, George Edward Turner, Derwent Turnbull, Wm. Troughton, Harry Walton, John Edward Wilson, Ernest Wooff, and Robert Wooff. Proceeding, the Vicar said they had a responsibility with regard to those men. They owed them a debt, and he trusted and believed that they were wishful to do all that they could to repay it. " Our lives are being saved by their death. If we have any future before us on the earth it is because they gave up their futures to secure it. Their right to survive was as good as our own. Many of them would have been of far more use in the world than we can hope to be. The future stands to be only poorer for our surviving in their stead. We are debtors to them for all they have given us. To the future think of all it has lost in them." How were they going to pay the debt, and in paying it to honour their heroic dead? Surely there could be but one answer - to live to give effect to their ideals. When they were asked what those ideals were, they might be well put in the words of Bishop Walshaw How's hymn written for the diamond jubilee of Queen Victoria, "To make the world a better world for man's brief earthly dwelling." If Prussian militarism should gain the ascendancy the world would be scarcely a fit place to live in. What they wanted was the triumph of right and liberty. That was the task they had begun, and many of them, fired by the enthusiasm of a noble cause, literally went singing to their death. The old life which had no loftier aim than a high standard of material comfort had been felt to be unsatisfactory. To ardent youth the higher spirit of self-sacrifice, which was the spirit of Christ, beckoned onward with irresistible attractiveness, and they followed the gleam. They had yet to complete the great task to which they dedicated themselves. That was the way they could honour the memory of their fallen heroes, and with confidence that they had not died in vain.

A collection taken on behalf of the Red Cross Society realised £5 15s.

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