George Woodruffe Barnwell was born on 14 May 1884 at Rugby. He was the son of Thomas Barnwell, a Railway Traffic Foreman and his second wife Sarah (née Woodruffe). They lived at a new house at 47 Grosvenor Road, Rugby which his father had bought in May 1899 for £300. Before that they lived in Wood Street, Rugby.
Educated at the Wesleyan School, George entered the Estate Office of the L & N-W Railway as a boy, and later became a collector at Rugby Railway Station.
George married Alice Mary Bullard on 3 June 1914 and they had Joyce Mary on 2 May 1915 at Rugby. They lived at 97 Grosvenor Road, Rugby.
When he joined the Army on 28 December 1916, he was 5’10” tall, weighed 157 lbs, with a 38″ chest and had a history of Rheumatic Fever. He joined the Inns of Court O.T.C number 10404. in January, 1917, and was afterwards posted to the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry as Second Lieutenant attd 1/4 Bn., going to France in October 1917.
George died on 13 April 1918 during the German Spring Offensive, possibly lost in the Battle of Hazebrouck, as he has no known grave. He is Remembered with Honour on the Tyne He was awarded the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
RUGBY REMEMBERS HIM