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1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry
Service No: 10865

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Family Information

John's elder brother Corporal Joseph Barnbrook (12674) of the 8th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers Died of Wounds in the Malta Hospital on the 29/08/1915 aged 38. He is NOT on the Memorial. From the 1901 Census - Address 1c Weir St, Coatbridge - John's brother Joseph Barnbrook aged 24 and his wife Agnes Barnbrook (19/02/1877- ) aged 24 and their daughter Lillian Barnbrook aged 4, Agnes' Mother Liza Jones Barnbrook aged 56, John's brother William Barnbrook aged 15 and John Barnbrook aged 13. John's Pension Record. Joseph's Pension was awarded to his wife Agnes of 17g Turner St, Coatbridge then 2a Stewarts Lane, Bank St, Coatbridge on the 26/06/1916. Their adopted daughter Agnes Jones Barnbrook born 22/01/1902 is also listed.

Born / Resided

Motherwell / 11 Burnbank St, Coatbridge.

Died

Killed in Action 19/12/1914 at Festubert

Enlisted

Glasgow 1914 previously 31/07/1906 (see employment)

Employed

Regular Soldier. Enlisted 31/07/1906 in the 71st Foot, Highland Light Infantry (6045).

Age

26

Buried / Remembered

Y Farm Military Cemetery (L. 51), Bois Grenier, Nord, France.

Cemetery / Memorial Information

The cemetery was named after a nearby farm, called by the Army "Y" (or Wye) Farm. It was begun in March 1915 and used by units holding this sector until February 1918. At the Armistice it contained 335 burials, but it was then increased when graves were brought in from the battlefields south of Armentieres. Y Farm Military Cemetery now contains 835 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 288 of the burials are unidentified and a special memorial commemorates one New Zealand casualty believed to be buried among them. Another special memorial commemorates an Indian soldier known to have been buried in Marquillies Communal Cemetery German Extension whose grave could not be found.

Additional Information

John is listed as PRIVATE J BENBROOK on the Memorial. His elder brother Joseph is remembered on the St John's Church Roll of Honour (listed as Highland Light Infantry, brother John's Regiment, see photos). Joseph enlisted at Shotton, Flintshire, Wales. John was reburied in Y Farm Cemetery (see photos). See photos for John's Medal Index Card, his name on the 1911 England Census (India), his Army Register of Soldiers Effects, listed in the De Ruvignys Roll of Honour, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his Headstone Report, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, the Highland Light Infantry Cap Badge and John's Pension Record. Finally see photos for John's brother Joseph's Medal Index Card, his Service Medal and Award Rolls x 2, his CWGC Grave Registration x 2, his Headstone Report, his name on the Army and Navy Death Records, his Grave at Kalkara Naval Cemetery (Capuccini Naval Cemetery), Malta and Joseph's Pension Records x 3.

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