Harold Willis BARNSLEY was born Sheffield in 1897. We see him on the 1901 census record living with his parents Sarah Jane and Frederick Dale BARNSLEY at 142 Creswick Street. In 1901 the family are living at 100 Cundy Street in the Brightside area, he is aged 14 and employed as an errand boy.
At the time of his enlistment on 17th November 1915 his family have moved to 162 Channing Road at Walkley and he is now aged 19 and a general labourer.
Given service number 12-1909 he is placed within the 15th service battalion and enters France on the 20th May 1916 where he is attached to the 12th Battalion.
At some stage after the disaster of the 1st day of the Somme he is posted to the 13th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment and it is with this battalion that he is dangerously wounded on or about the 3rd November 1917. He received gun shot wounds to his right shoulder and face fracturing his jaw.
He would receive initial treatment at No19 Casualty Clearing Station and transferred back to England where he would be discharged due to wounds to his parents address which is now 20 Freedom Road, Walkley. He was issued Silver War Badge number 437064.
Harold is the younger brother of 12-862 L/CplFrank BARNSLEY also featured on this site.