Born: 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 17th May 1918; age 20; KiA.

Residence: 163, Burrell Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: since the 1st October 1913, with the Great Eastern Railway. First at the Old Station Yard, Ipswich before being transferred to the Divisional Civil Engineers Office as a Clerical Help.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich; date: 9th October 1915.


Rank: Bombardier; Service Number: 889507.

Regiment: Royal Field Artillery, ‘D’ Battery, 149th Brigade (T.F.).


Medals Awarded: Victory & British War.


The body was discovered and exhumed in August 1920, and identified by a cross marking the grave, before reburial at Meteren Military Cemetery.


Grave Reference:


Meteren Military Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Only son of George & Selina Barrett, of 163, Burrell Road, Ipswich.




1901   1, Judith Lane, Yaxley, Suffolk.


Willy was 3 years old and staying with his paternal grandparents and aunt and uncle.

Ephraim Barrett, 60, a Platelayer – G.E.Railways, born Yaxley.

Hannah Maria Barrett (nee Ringer), 59, born Tibenham, Norfolk.

Mary Elizabeth Barrett, 34, born Tivetshall, Norfolk.

Samuel Charles Barrett, 22, born Westhorp, Suffolk.


1911   163, Burrell Road, Ipswich.


William was 13 years old and living with his parents.

George Ringer Barrett, 38, a Railway Police Officer – G.E.R., born Moulton, Norfolk.

Selina Barrett (nee Last), 40, born Crowfield, Suffolk.


Soldiers’ Effects to Selina Barrett – mother.


William is also remembered on the Great Eastern Railway war memorial, Liverpool Street Station, London.


GER Toll for the Brave.

Extra information courtesy of Keith Barker – Great Eastern Railway Society  www.gersociety.org.uk

Royal Field Artillery

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