William Johnson Barnett left a widow and nine children when he was killed at Gallipoli. He was born in Oakham on 16 October 1879, the son of Thomas, a baker and grocer originally from Preston, and Fanny Barnett, originally from Tinwell. By the time William was eleven years old, the family was living in Wolverhampton. The following information is provided by Wolverhampton's War website, published by Wolverhampton City Archives about William Johnson Barnett. William married Elizabeth Hallett in 1901 and they were living at 78 Fisher Street in Wolverhampton where William was listed as an insurance officer. The couple had eight children, the youngest being just a year old when their father was killed. The family had moved around the West Midlands and had had addresses in Coventry and Leamington Spa before settling back in Wolverhampton. William was a member of Newhampton Road Wesleyan Church. The church's Roll of Honour gives details of his war record. He enlisted in January 1915 and served in the King's Own Scottish Borderers and was promoted to Lance Corporal. He saw service at Gallipoli and was killed in action on 25 August 1915. He is remembered on panel 86 of the Helles Memorial and on a plaque in Wolverhampton's New Hampton Road Methodist Church which was originally in the now demolished Wesleyan Chapel. But sadly he is not remembered on any war memorial in Rutland.
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