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Frederick Barnett   

 

Servicenumber : 2934817
Rank : Corporal
Regiment : The Parachute Regiment
Unit : 2nd Battalion
Date of Death : 22-09-1944
Age : 27
Grave : Plot 6. Row D. Grave 6.
Frederick Barnett was married to Ella Dora Barnett of Coton, Nuneaton, Warwickhire.
Barnett served as a Section Commander in No. 8 Platoon, C-Company. According to the Roll of Honour published by the Society of Friends of the Airborne Museum (Jan Hey 1999 and 2011) Barnett fought in the Rhine Bridge area. He was given a field burial by Reverends Daniel McGowan and Alan Buchanan in the grounds of the Municipal  Hospital at Arnhem.
On 17 september, on the way to the bridge, Barnett and seven other men, one of them was Geoffrey Ernest Morgan, ended up in the cellar of a house on Utrechtsestraat, near the gestapo headquarters. Barnett and one other man were wounded after they were ambushed. Two of their comrades, William Loney and Norman Shipley, were killed in the ambush. The following morning the men were out of ammunition and decided to surrended. They had been cut of from the main force and there was no way they could reach them. They made a white flag but it was shot to pieces by a German machine gun. Then a hand grenade was thrown into the cellar. Barnett picked it up and threw it out into the garden where it exploded harmlessly. After that the Germans entered the cellar and the men were taken prisoner.
Picture: 23-09-2012
Life is eternal
Love will remain
In God's own time
We shall meet again
 
Picture: 19-09-2016
 
Sources: website CWGC, P.T. Morgan (Nephew of Geoffrey Morgan) and Roll of Honour

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