Monday, February 05, 2007

Able Seaman William Barnes, HMS Dasher

Able Seaman William Barnes of Cleator Moor, Cumberland
Lost his life on HMS Dasher, 27 March 1943
[Photograph from files of the Cleator Moor 'Roll of Honour]
Thanks to 'The Whitehaven News' & Cumbria County Archives Service
For additional information click on 'Comments' below


Blogger Tomcann said...

I have already commented on this story of "the man who never was" on the BBc message boards.

Monday, 05 February, 2007  
Blogger ritsonvaljos said...

The above photograph is of Able Seaman C/JX238822 William Barnes from Cleator Moor died at the age of 24 when 'HMS Dasher' was lost on 27 March 1943.

William Barnes was the son of Robert Barnes and Margaret J. Barnes and the husband of Isabella Barnes. Many details about the sinking of 'HMS Dasher' still seem to be clouded in mystery. At least two people have suggested to me that that 'The Man Who Never Was' may have been one of the men lost in the sinking of 'HMS Dasher'. Regardless of the truth or myth about 'HMS Dasher' William Barnes lived in Cleator Moor and was a valued family member or friend of many others. His memory, like those of others who died in the World Wars are worthy of remembrance.

One of his brothers, Private Alexander Barnes, 4th Battalion The Border Regiment also lost his life during WW2. Private Barnes was, of course, also the son Robert & Margaret J. Barnes, 37 Wyndham Street, Cleator Moor and the husband of Freda Mary Barnes of Frizington, Cumberland (a neighbouring village to Cleator Moor). Private Barnes is buried Madras War Cemetery, Chennai (Grave Ref 1.H.6)

(There is a further article posted to this site about AB William Barnes and another casualty of HMS Dasher, AB Sylvester Woolaghan of Frizington, Cumberland).

Thursday, 20 May, 2010  

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