Robert James MacGregor Barnet

First Name: 
Robert
Middle Name: 
James MacGregor
Last Name: 
Barnet
Alternate Spelling: 
Barnett
Date of Birth: 
Friday, February 1, 1895
Mother's Name: 
Jessie (nee MacGregor)
Father's Name: 
Donald Barnett
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, January 4, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
1st Australian Ammunition Section
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Sunday, August 27, 1916
Place of Death: 
Belgium
Cause of Death: 
Died from wounds
Details: 

Robert Barnet (Service No 2662) was born in Nowra. He was a single 20 year old surveyors assistant and still serving with the militia at the time of enlistment.

Robert embarked on HMAT A14 Euripides on 4th April 1916 with Mining Corps reinforcements and arrived in France on 1st June 1916 when he was transferred to 1st Australian Ammunition Column as a driver on 1st July 1916.

On 27th August 1916 he was in the back of a lorry when a shot was heard by others about 8pm. On investigating Robert was found at the back of the vehicle with a serious head wound and was taken to 10th Casualty Clearing Station for treatment but was pronounced dead at 10pm.
Robert is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium; Plot IX, Row D, Grave 3.

A court of enquiry found his death to be an accident and his father, Rev Barnett of Wollongong Presbyterian Church, was notified.
He is commemorated on the Wollongong Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BARNET R J M

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