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A Military Cross & Bar to Acting Major George Barnes for Front line 1916 Actions outside Neuvelle Ste. Vaast



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A Military Cross & Bar to Acting Major George Barnes for Front line 1916 Actions outside Neuvelle Ste. Vaast

A Military Cross & Bar to Acting Major George R. Barnes; 8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Hussars, 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles, 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles: Military Cross with Bar; 1914-15 Star; British War Medal (A. MAJOR. G.R. BARNES.); and Victory Medal. Naming is officially impressed on the BWM, the others are un-named. Un-mounted, the Military Cross in its hardshelled case of issue, three with original ribbons, suspender has been re-pinned and bruising evident on the BWM, gilt wear on the VM, light contact, better than very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Certificate of Service, Death Notification Form and Military Cross Citations. Footnote: George Roland Barnes was born on April 23, 1895 in Hampton, New Brunswick. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Lieutenant on April 9, 1915, with the 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles at Amherst, Nova Scotia, at the age of 19, two weeks shy of his twentieth birthday, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, T.W. Barnes of Hampton, stating that he had previous service with the 8th Princess Louise's New Brunswick Hussars as a Lieutenant, that he was not married and that his trade was that of (Forestry) Student. The 6th Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion was organized on March 15, 1915 in Amherst, the unit sailing for England on July 18th. Barnes entered the French theatre on October 24, 1915, followed by a transfer nine weeks later, to the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles on reorganization on January 2, 1916, where he was taken on strength the next day. He received a Certificate for Grenade Work on April 27th. Lieutenant George Roland Barnes, Canadian Mounted Rifles was awarded the Military Cross, the announcement appearing in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 29713 of Friday, August 18, 1916, on Saturday, August 19, 1916, page 8231 and in the Canada Gazette of Saturday, September 16, 1916, page 899. His citation, dated July 22, 1916, reads as follows: "For conspicuous gallantry when reconnoitring the enemy's movements after their advance, and for his prompt action in repelling their attack. He showed great, coolness during 38 hours of continuous action." For his actions that day, he was recommended for promotion to Temporary Captain and assumed the rank of Acting Major while in command. He was admitted to No. 14 General Hospital at Boulogne on October 2, 1916, with "P.U.O. severe" (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin = fever), which was later diagnosed officially as "Trench Fever". After being released from medical care at the end of the month, he returned to his unit in the field. Two weeks after his return to the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, while in battle at Neuvelle Ste. Vaast on November 14th, Barnes suffered a gun shot wound to the anterior portion of his right upper forearm, shattering his ulna and radius. He was initially treated at No. 42 Casualty Clearing Station, where his wound was cleaned out and the bony fragments were removed. He was subsequently evacuated and admitted to Duchess of Westminster's (No.1 Red Cross) Hospital at Le Touquet on the 20th. While in hospital at Le Touquet, Lieutenant (Acting Captain) George Roland Barnes, M.C., Canadian Mounted Rifles was awarded the Bar to the Military Cross, the announcement appearing in the Second Supplement to the London Gazette 29837 of Friday, November 24, 1916, on Saturday, November 25, 1916, page 11551 and in the Canada Gazette of Saturday, January 13, 1917, page 2394. His citation, dated November 25, 1916, reads as follows: "For conspicuous gallantry in action. He led his company with great courage and initiative, gaining his objective. Later, he consolidated and maintained his position for thirty-six hours until relieved. He has on many previous occasions done very fine work." Two weeks after his admission at Le Touquet, he was invalided to England and admitted to the 4th London General Hospital at Denmark Hill, London S.E. on December 9th. He received reconstructive surgery on his arm, his stay in hospital lasting four and a half months, before receiving his discharge from the facility on April 26, 1917. He was transferred to Kitchener Hospital in Brighton, posted to the 1st Quebec Regimental Depot at Shoreham, and would remain at Brighton until May 29th, when he was transferred and admitted to Perkins Bull Hospital at Putney on May 30th. Barnes returned to Canada for further treatment on June 21st, posted to the New Brunswick Military Hospital in Fredericton on August 7th. He was transferred from "B" unit to "K" unit on September 28, 1917, then transferred to the 1st Depot Battalion on January 1, 1918. His recuperation from the injury would be a long one, although he was declared "Fit for General Service as an Officer" at No. 7 District Depot in Saint John, New Brunswick, on October 25, 1918. Barnes would remain at Saint John until July 31, 1919, when he was transferred to No. 2 District Depot in Toronto, Ontario on August 14, 1919 and admitted to the Dominion Orthopaedic Hospital in Toronto on August 18th, where he received special orthopaedic treatment. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated January 2, 1920 at Dominion Orthopaedic Hospital, the doctor noted that Barnes had received a antogenous bonegraft of his right ulna to his right tibia, and that the arm had been in plaster until December 22nd. The wound had healed and the X-ray showed "excellent union". It was recommended that Barnes be discharged as "having been found medically unfit for service". He was discharged from service on January 10, 1920, credited with having served in England and France. He was awarded the War Service Badge, Class "A", but it was not issued until November 1, 1972, while he was living in Saint John. Barnes died on July 6, 1979, at the age of 84.
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