Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917

Born: 19th March 1884, Ipswich.

Died: 20th July 1917; age 33; KiA – whilst attending to the wounded – Palestine.

Residence: 90, Croft Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Great Eastern Railways, Loco Works, Ipswich – John had entered the company 14th June 1902 as a Boilermaker’s Assistant before becoming a Pit Cleaner on the 21st February 1914.

John was a member of the Great Eastern Railway Ambulance Corps, Ipswich Division.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date: December 1914.


Rank: Sergeant; Service Number: 473300.

Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps, 2nd/1st East Anglian Field Ambulance.


Grave Reference:


Gaza War Cemetery,

Israel and Palestine (including Gaza).


Relatives Notified & Address: Son of the late William H. Barnard; husband of Ethel E.R. Barnard, of 90, Croft Street, Ipswich.




1891   Station Street, March, Cambridgeshire.


John was 7 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

William H. Barnard, 34, a Railway Engine Driver, born Harleston, Norfolk.

Ellen Barnard, 35, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Fanny Maria Barnard, 11, born Ipswich.

George William Barnard, 8, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Ellen Barnard, 5, born March, Cambridgeshire.

Ethel Primrose Barnard, 1, born March.


1901   12, Wherstead Road, Ipswich.


John was 17 years old, an Iron Foundry Labourer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 44, a Railway Engine Driver.

Ellen, 45.

George, 18, a Railway Engine Cleaner.

Gertrude, 15, a Shop Assistant – Drapers.

Ethel, 11.

Elizabeth Barnard, 9, born March.


John’s father, 56 year old, William Barnard, was killed in a train accident at Colchester, on the 12th July 1913.


1911   7, Cowell Street, Ipswich.


John was 27 years old, a General Labourer – G.E.R. He was married and head of the household.

Ethel, 28.

Vera Lambeth, 4.

Marjorie, 9 months.


In 1909, Ipswich, John married Ethel Elizabeth Rebbeca Lambeth, born December 1882, Ipswich – daughter of Charles Stephen Lambeth, an insurance salesman, and Ruth Lambeth (nee Lumpkin-Todd), of 18, Croft Street, Ipswich.

Ethel and John had two daughters:

Vera Mabel Lambeth, born March 1907, Ipswich.

Marjorie Barnard, born June 1910, Ipswich.


Soldiers’ Effects to Ethel E.R. Barnard – widow.


John is remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London, and on the war memorial at St Mary at Stoke Church, Ipswich.


                                                   Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society


The Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) is part of the British Army providing medical services to all British Army personnel and their families in war and peace. Together with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, the Royal Army Dental Corps and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the RAMC forms the British Army’s essential Army Medical Services. In combat, the men followed the troops over the top into no man’s land suffering losses of 743 officers and 6130 soldiers killed, while delivering medical care to wounded exposed to enemy fire.


John’s father, 56 year old, William Barnard, was killed in a train accident at Colchester, on the 12th July 1913.

William was the Driver of the Great Eastern Railway express passenger train, from Cromer to London consisting of engine, tender and 12 vehicles, travelling at full speed through Colchester North Station, on Saturday, 12th July 1913. Due to the Signaller’s error, and the incorrect use of the Sykes instruments the express train was let through a junction, when it should have been given the signal to wait, as the line was already occupied by a slower light engine with a tender. The Driver of the light engine, noticing the approach of the express train put on full steam and tried desperately to get away, but was unable to avert the terrible disaster. William’s express train crashed into the rear of the light engine and derailed. The Driver of the light engine, who was the only man on that engine at the time, wa

s considerably injured. William and his Fireman Sidney Keeble were killed instantaneously, and an inspector who was also travelling on the engine escaped with comparatively slight injuries. The Guard of the train, George Burdett, who was travelling in the leading brake van, died while being conveyed to the Hospital. Fourteen passengers were injured.

The Fireman – 32 year old, Sidney Keeble, of 152, Wherstead Road, Ipswich, born 1881, Bramford, Suffolk. Laid to rest at St. Mary the Virgin Church, Bramford. His headstone was erected by his fellow workers as a token of sympathy and respect.

The Guard – 55 year old, George Henry Burdett, of 10, Goldsworth Buildings, Bishopsgate Street, Norwich, Norfolk, born 1858, Norwich.

John’s paternal grandfather, John Barnard was also killed in a train accident at Westerfield Station, on the 25th September 1900.

John was the Driver of the Great Eastern Railway Class Y14 locomotive No. 522 on route to Felixstowe on Tuesday, 25th September 1900. At Westerfield Station, the engine stopped for a signal on the Ipswich side of the level crossing. At 08:45 the boiler exploded and was thrown over the level crossing, some 40 yards forward, before ending up on the down platform. The explosion killed 66 year, John, of 206, Wherstead Road, Ipswich, and his 34 year old, Fireman, William McDonald, of 8, Pauline Street, Ipswich, both were based at Ipswich Engine Shed. They were laid to rest at Ipswich Old Cemetery, close to the Belvedere Road entrance. Their headstones are carved with a locomotive and were erected by their fellow workmen and friends as a mark of respect and high esteem.

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