Samuel George Barnett’s birth was registered in September 1894 and his christening was on 7 September at St Andrew’s Church Rugby.
In 1901 he was living with his widowed mother Mary Ann Barnett and 4 siblings. Mary Ann had firstly been married to Henry Lee in September 1875 and they had had two children. Widowed, Mary Ann then married James Barnett, a Brick Layer’s Labourer, in December 1885. Mary Ann and James had three children, Samuel being the third. By 1901 Mary Ann was again widowed and married Walter J Sansom and they had one son.
In the 1901 and 1911 censuses the family were living at 5 Gas Street, Rugby. In 1911 Samuel was employed as a Meter Magnetiser in the BTH Electrical Engineering Department.
Samuel Barnett enlisted with the 5th Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, Regimental number 10554 on 11 August 1914. He became part of the Machine Gun Section. The battalion was formed at Oxford in August 1914 and placed under orders of 42nd Brigade in 14th (Light) Division. Following training, he would have left for France on 20 May 1915.
He was a Lance Corporal fighting in the action to capture Bellevarde Farm, a diversionary action for the Battle of Loos, on 25 September 1915 and was killed in action.
There is no Service Record for Samuel except for a Register of his Effects. His mother Mary Ann Sansom, sole legatee was sent his pay of £5 17s 2d in 1917 and a gratuity of £3 10s 0d in 1919.
Samuel George Barnett is remembered on Panel 37 and 39 on Ypres Menin Gate Memorial, in the BTH Memorial Dedication Book and on the BTH War Memorial and also on the Rugby War Memorial. He is also remembered on gravestone K302 in Clifton Road Cemetery, Rugby.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM