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Memorials to Men Lost in the sinking

We will remember them
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In Remembrance of
Walter John Barnes

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Date of birth: 28th January 1901
Place of birth: Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England
Parents: Albert and Laura Barnes
Previous occupation: Boot Factory Lad
Service: Royal Navy
Rank: Able Seaman
Service Number: P/J 54599
Joined Hood: 23rd November 1937 (Able Seaman)
Left Hood: 24th May 1941 (loss of ship) (Able Seaman)
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Biographical Information:

Walter was born on 28th January 1901 to Albert and Laura Barnes, of Chesham, Buckinghamshire. He was the fifth of ten children Doris Emma, Albert George, Bessie Edith, Marjorie Mary, Edward Charles, Edith Alice, Ernest James, Laura Mary and Lawrence Stanley. Albert had married Laura Price in 1893. The family was in the shoemaking business- Walter's grandfather formed the Britannia Boot Works in Addison Road in the Newtown and his father was later the factory foreman.

Walter was 40 years old at the time of his loss.

History of ships served in and rate held:

Date FromDate toShipRatingSource
1st July 19168th December 1916PowerfulBoy 2nd ClassADM188/756
9th December 19161st February 1917PowerfulBoy 1st ClassADM188/756
2nd February 191727th January 1919ColossusBoy 1st ClassADM188/756
28th January 19192nd February 1919ColossusOrdinary SeamanADM188/756
3rd February 191911th May 1919Victory IOrdinary SeamanADM188/756
12th May 19199th December 1919VindictiveOrdinary SeamanADM188/756
10th December 19193rd March 1920VindictiveAble SeamanADM188/756
4th March 192030th November 1920ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/756
1st December 192012th March 1922MalayaAble SeamanADM188/756
13th March 192231st October 1923CormorantAble SeamanADM188/756
1st November 192314th December 1923Victory IAble SeamanADM188/756
15th December 19233rd April 1924ExcellentAble SeamanADM188/756
4th April 192413th May 1924Victory IAble SeamanADM188/756
14th May 192413th August 1924Queen ElizabethAble SeamanADM188/756
14th August 19242nd January 1928RevengeAble SeamanADM188/756
3rd January 19286th February 1928Victory IAble SeamanADM188/756
7th February 192823rd October 1928DolphinAble SeamanADM188/756
24th October 192827th October 1930LupinAble SeamanADM188/756
28th October 193027th November 1930ClematisAble SeamanADM363/304
28th November 19305th February 1931Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/304
6th February 193126th March 1931ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/304
27th March 193111th May 1931Victory I - IIIAble SeamanADM363/304
12th May 19314th January 1932VernonAble SeamanADM363/304
5th January 193222nd June 1932WarspiteAble SeamanADM363/304
23rd June 193220th September 1932Victory IAble SeamanADM363/304
21st September 193222nd March 1935HawkinsAble SeamanADM363/304
23rd March 193524th April 1935Victory IAble SeamanADM363/304
25th April 19356th September 1938ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/304
5th September 193626th April 1937ExcellentAble SeamanADM363/304
27th April 193722nd November 1937ResourceAble SeamanADM363/304
23rd November 193724th May 1941HoodAble SeamanADM363/304
7th September 19384th September 1936Dolphin (Alecto)Able SeamanADM363/304

Additional Photographs
None at this time.

Hood Chapel, Church of St. John the Baptist, Boldre, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Southsea, Hampshire, England

Photos of the memorial

The part of the memorial in which the Hood casualty names can be found.
(Panels 45 to 61)

Walter's name is in Column 1 of Panel 47.

Detail of Walter's name.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
'Register of Deaths of Naval Ratings' (data extracted by Director of Naval Personnel (Disclosure Cell), Navy Command HQ, 2009)
Lesley Perry (information, January 2012)
The National Archives (ADM 188/756)