2nd Lieutenant James Barnett

Biography of 2nd Lieutenant James Barnett

James Barnett was born in 1894, the only son of Nellie and Colonel Hugh Barnett VD (Volunteer Officer's Decoration - formerly of the 4th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers), Writer, of Hafton, 42 London Road, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. He was educated at Irvine Royal Academy where he became the First Lieutenant and then Captain of their Cadet Corps.

James came to the University of Glasgow to study Arts in 1912. Although he was only here for two years he was a successful student winning prizes in: Latin Prose Composition, English, Logic and Political Economy. James was also Secretary of the Dialectic Society and was preparing for a career in the legal profession.

Upon the outbreak of war James joined the same battalion as his father, the 4th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers, and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. On the 12th July 1915, when he was only 20, James died at Gallipoli. 2nd Lieutenant James Barnett is remembered on the Helles Memorial. In his obituary he was described as:

"a young man of great promise and highly esteemed"


2nd Lieutenant James Barnett
Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
Regiment: 4th Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 12 July 1915
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/380
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/2/13


Records of the University of Glasgow Registry.

Memorial Place:Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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