Barnett, Reginald Walter

He was the son of Walter and Rose Barnett of Bilton Hall, Rugby, and before coming to Winchester was with Mr. E.M. Hawtrey at Westgate-on-Sea. He was for two years a Commoner Prefect and in Sixth Book, and in 1909 and 1910 played in Commoner VI. The Wykehamist of November 1918 says “his six years here were a record of cheery and most unselfish devotion; and with his remarkably sane and equable nature he proved himself both the salt and the peacemaker of his generation in the House”. In 1911 he went to Pembroke College, Cambridge to study mechanical sciences and was awarded his BA in 1914.

Volunteering at the beginning of the war, he was gazetted to The King’s Royal Rifle Corps. He went to France in July 1915 with the 11th Battalion, and after several months as Adjutant was selected for promotion to the staff and appointed Brigade Major to the 189th (Royal Naval) Brigade. He remained with them till March 1918, when he was invalided home with gas-poisoning. On his return to France he was appointed G.S.O., second grade, to the 6th Division: he won the M.C. and a Bar, was mentioned in Despatches and once wounded.

He was killed by a sniper on the morning of August 12th, 1918, while escorting a Sergeant of the US 27th Division on a visit to the front line at an advanced post near Hooge and was buried in the cemetery at Abeele.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Barnett
  • Forenames or initials: Reginald Walter
  • House: D
  • Years in School: 1905-1911
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • Date of Birth: 11th May 1892
  • Date of Death: 12th August 1918
  • How Died: Killed by a sniper
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer D1
  • Decoration: M.C. & Bar