Raymond Theodore Frederick Barnett M.B.E, R.A.M.C.
Royal Army Medical Corps (Territorial Force)
He died on Thursday 12th February 1920 aged 31.
He enlisted as a Corporal in the Royal Engineers at the start of the war. Raymond Theodore Frederick Barnett gained a commission of Lieutenant within the RAMC on the 25th September 1917, he is listed in the 1918 Army List as serving with the 2nd London Sanitary Company. The Sanitary Company seemed to get involved in all sorts of things: testing water quality; carrying out all manner of bacteriology and other scientific tests and experiments often on chemicals recovered from enemy trenches during trench raids.
He gained an award from the King of Italy;
The London Gazette, Of TUESDAY, the 26th OCTOBER, 1920.
Order of the Crown of Italy.
His death was registered in Conway North Wales and he is buried in the Dwygyfylchi Churchyard.
His address given at his death was Pendyffryn Hall which was a tuberculosis sanatorium. It looks likely that Raymond contracted TB during the war and decided to spend the rest of his days in North Wales.
Men whose deaths are linked to their service were entitled to be regarded as 'war deaths', even if they died after discharge. In fact the Commonwealth War Graves Commission still considers cases brought to its attention even though it is over 90 years since the war ended.
His gravestone reads;
IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR DEAR BROTHER
CAPT RAYMOND F T BARNETT BSc MBE DIED FEB 20TH 1920 AGED 31. "HE NOBLY ANSWERED DUTY'S CALL AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR ONE AND ALL"
Born in Swindon Wilts 1889 birth registered Highworth Wilts son of Frederick W Barnett a Railway Guard and Emma Barnett.
Prior to enlisting Raymond was chemistry master at the Herbert Strutt School.
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