1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45
In Memory of
Sergeant GEORGE BARNARD MM 12263
9th Bn., Essex Regiment
who died on Friday, 11th August 1916.

War Graves Commission

Casualty Details      769624  


Date of birth 17th May 1893

Son of Frederick and Fanny.  The family lived in The Street. Frederick
was a granary worker.
George went to Rayne School, being admitted on 1st December 1899,
leaving on 2nd March 1906 to work in a kitchen. He had a sister, Annie.
In 1916, George Barnard was mentioned in dispatches for gallant and
distinguished conduct in the field by Douglas Haig, G.C.B. Commander-in
 -Chief in France.
As well as being commemorated on the memorial at Thiepval, he is also
in the memorial in St Peters Chapel in Chelmsford Cathedral and also on
the Felsted memorial.
He enlisted in Chelmsford.

Panel Number:
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Pier and Face 10 D
The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main
Bapaume to Albert road (D929.

 Theatre of War

After a period in reserve after the fighting of early July, the 9th Essex
returned to the trenches near Orvilliers during the first week of August.
On the 11th August the trenches were heavily shelled, the Battalion
suffering 110 men killed and wounded. Sergeant Barnard, who had     
earlier been awarded the Military Medal, was one of these casualties.