Private 36433 (A Company)
9th Worcestershire Regiment
Walter Barnes, was the son of Charles and Susanna Barnes of 19, Mill Lane, Reading. His wife was Caroline Ethel Barnes of 8 St. George Street, Reading.
Walter was at first reported missing in Mesopotamia on 14th September 1918. On December 6th 1919, the Reading Standard, ‘In Memoriam’ column carried the confirmation that Walter Barnes, aged 28, had now been reported killed on the 14th September 1918. His relatives had waited over one year for official confirmation of his death.
A verse from his wife accompanied the notice:
“The passing of the sweetest soul that ever looked with human eyes.
Ah, true brave heart, God bless thee where so’er; in the great Universe today thou art.
Deeply mourned and never forgotten by his sorrowing wife.”
Walter’s body was never identified and so he is commemorated on the Tehran Memorial, Iran. Panel 3 Column 1.