• John Henry Barfield

Army / Flying Corps
  • 11th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 3rd Brigade
  • Private

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  • British War Medal
  • Victory Medal
  • Enlistment - WW1

    Perth, WA, Australia

  • Birth

    Tauranga, New Zealand

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    • BARFIELD, John Henry
    • Posted by FrevFord, Wednesday, 6 December 2017

    Born in 1881 at Tauranga, New Zealand – son of William Henry BARFIELD and Annie Fowler KERWIN, who married in NZ in 1880 The family moved to Australia between 1889 and 1891, living first in Victoria and then Western Australia William died on the 5/4/1912 at Fremantle, WA and Annie died on the 25/5/1932 at her daughter’s residence in WA, aged 76 Siblings: Matilda Frances b.1886 (Tilly) –marr George WILLIS; William Frederick b.1887 – d.1894, age 7; Ernest Vivian b.1889 NZ – (Milk Carter) – marr Gertrude – WW1: Pte 257, 44th Bn; Emily Louisa b.&d.1891 Footscray, Vic; Henry Samuel b.1894 Vic – WW1: Pte 3595, 2nd LHR (ex ICC) – marr Eileen JOHNSTON 21/12/1921 WA; Arthur Leonard b.&d.1896 Religion: Church of England Dairyman – in partnership with his father until his death in 1912 Married Hetty WILLIS on the 18th March 1914 at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Beaconsfield, WA Brother-in-law: Percy Willis – Pte 3147, 11th Bn – KIA 7/10/1917 Children: Jack; George; Marjorie; Leslie; Frederick Raymond d.23/1/1936 (6y 11m); Jessie; Alic Edward; Forrest Rd, Jandakot 1916 67 Hampton Road, Fremantle 1918 WW1: Enlisted on the25/2/1916 at Fremantle, WA, aged 32, and went into camp 24/3/1916 Embarked on the A28 Miltiades 9/8/1916 as Private 5985, with the 19th Reinforcements of the 11th Battalion, and disembarked at Plymouth 24/9/1916 Proceeded overseas to France on the SS Princess Victoria 4/12/1916 and taken on strength with A Company of the 11th Battalion 26/12/1916 To hospital with Scabies 15/1/1917 – 29/1/1917 Reported as missing in action on the 14/4/1917, he had been captured by the enemy during the fighting at Reincourt, after being hit in the face with a hand grenade, rendering him blind and slightly deaf – both eyes were removed and replaced with artificial ones He was interned in Limburg, Germany, before being repatriated to Holland on the 13/1/1918, and then to England 20/1/1918 where he was admitted to the 1st London General Hospital, Camberwell Transferred to the 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield 1/2/1918, and then to St Dunstan’s Hostel for Blinded Soldiers, Regents’ Park 20/2/1918 Returned to Australia on Kanowna 28/8/1919 – 15/10/1919 Discharged from the AIF 1/12/1919 https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ViewImage.aspx?B=3049046 Member of the: *City of Fremantle Branch of the R.S.L. and the Fremantle R.S.L. Wyola Club *W.A. Blinded Ex-Serviceman’s Association *2/11th and 11th Battalion Association *East Fremantle Lodge No.13, I.O.O.F. Died on the 27th August 1952 at Hollywood Hospital, WA Buried in the Fremantle Cemetery (Anglican, Mon A5, Grave 0268) Hetty died 24/12/1970, aged 85, and is buried with John in the family grave in Fremantle Cemetery Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 5 Apr 1914 (p.14): Perth Prattle Considerable interest (writes a correspondent) was taken in the marriage of Mr J.H. Barfield, one of the most successful and popular farmers of Jandakot, to Miss Hetty Willis, second daughter of Mr and Mrs Geo. Willis, of Stirling-street, Fremantle. The wedding took place on Wednesday, March 18, at St Paul’s Anglican Church, Beaconsfield, at 7 o’clock, and the pretty church was thronged with friends of both bride and bridegroom. ………………………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/57821399 The West Australian (Perth, WA), Thur 23 Mar 1916 (p.5): FINANCE AND COMMERCE Clearing Sale, Jandakot, March 1 – We offered the landed property, stock, plant and implements of Mr J.H. Barfield’s dairy farm as a going concern on the above date. No business, however, was effected, and the various lines were sold in lots to suit purchasers. Dairy cows were principally aged sorts and unsuited for dairyman’s requirements. For the machinery and sundries offered bidding was not particularly animated, but all lots offered sold at fair prices. ………………………………… http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/26974897 The West Australian (Perth, WA), Tue 13 Jun 1916 9p.7): SEND OFF TO LOCAL VOLUNTEERS The Jandakot Agricultural Society’s Hall was crowded on Saturday evening when a send-off was tendered to thirteen residents of the district who have enlisted in the expeditionary forces. …… ………………………………… The following are the names of those who enlisted: – …………………………….., J.H. Barfield, ………….. http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/26982218 The West Australian (Perth, WA), Fri 18 May 1917 (p.8): WAR CASUALTIES Mrs J.H. Barfield, 67 Hampton-road, has been notified that her husband, Private J.H. Barfield (late of Jandakot), has been missing since April 16. Fremantle Voices of the Great War (p.243): “We advanced on the morning of the 14th and dug in about 1200 yards in front of the enemy 1st line of trenches. Fritz counter attacked us on the Saturday morning. Part of C Company moved up to support us. Fritz was shelling all the day. He again counter attacked on the following morning, just before daybreak. It was a few hours later that I was hit in the face by a hand grenade. My chin was slightly bleeding and my eyesight gone and Fritz came over and bandaged my chin.” [Photo p.472] The West Australian (Perth, WA), Sat 1 Nov 1919 (p.13): BLIND SOLDIERS The fortnightly meeting of the Blind Soldiers After-Care Committee was held at the Soldiers’ Institute last week. A letter was read from a blind soldier expressing his appreciation of the work done by the committee during the past twelve months, on behalf of the blinded soldiers Mr Harrison reported having met Private J. Barfield, a blind soldier, who had just returned by the Kanowna, and had arranged to bring him to the next meeting, and the secretary had supplied him with all details as to his claims for pension and living allowance. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 7 Mar 1920 (p.7): Perth Prattle The W.A. Prisoners of War did not allow Miss M.E. Chomley to escape without expressing their gratitude for the great services she rendered them while they were in the hands of the enemy. A social gathering was arranged, when a large number of p.o.w.’s and their lady friends were present. The guests of the evening were the Misses M.E. Chomley and Moore, and Mrs E. Makeham, all three having done splendid work for the p.o.w.’s in London. An illuminated address was presented to Miss Chomley, which, after expressing gratitude, went on – “In our adversity you came to us radiating sunshine and bestowing gifts that were always treasured, so hope and courage were born anew.” A small balance from the fund was handed to “our blind p.o.w. comrade, J.H. Barfield. Sunday Times (Perth, WA), Sun 3 Nov 1929 (p.3): Pickings from the Port Mr J.H. Barfield, who has been attending the Blind Soldiers’ Conference as one of the W.A. delegates, is a well-known figure in Fremantle. A New Zealander by birth he came to this State many years ago, and was partner with his father in a poultry farm [sic] at Jandakot when the call came to serve his country. Had been at the front only a few months when, at one of the big fights on the Somme, a German bomb blotted out his eyesight and made him a prisoner of war. Speaks well of the treatment he received from a German medico, and was duly transferred to St Dunstan’s (England) with others in similar plight. Keeps a cheerful spirit in spite of his affliction, and is quick to recognise any voice that hails him in the streets. Knows what is going on in the world, and talks freely on current topics. Books and magazines in Braille type keep him mentally alert, a home garden provides manual exercise, and a family of six puts variety and interest into his domestic life. Fully conscious of the calamity which came to him in the prime of life, Mr Barfield allows no vain regrets to rob him of what he may still enjoy, and he looks like a man who may confidently expect many years of future activity and happiness. The Daily News (Perth, WA), Tue 14 Apr 1931 (p.5): FREMANTLE EXHIBITION Fremantle will be en fete tomorrow (Wednesday) for the exhibition of local products to be held in Fremantle Town Hall, ………………………………….. The exhibition and shopping effort, which are both sponsored by the Fremantle branch of the R.S.L. will run for four days. ……………………………………. FREE GIFTS About 70 free gifts have been secured by the B.M.A. and winning numbers will be posted on Thursday in those shops which have donated prizes. The drawing will be done by Mr Jack Barfield, a blind soldier, formerly of the 11th Battalion. …………………………………. The West Australian (Perth, WA), Tue 10 Sept 1935 (p.9): GENERAL NEWS The Fremantle Starr-Bowkett Society yesterday allocated a free-on-interest loan of £500 to Mr J.H. Barfield, a member of Group 6. The West Australian (Perth, WA), Wed 30 Mar 1938 (p.5): [Photo at a lunch at Anzac House – seated 2nd from right] http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/41672561 The West Australian (Perth, WA), Fri 29 Aug 1952 (p.20): DEATHS BARFIELD: On Aug 27, 1952, at Hollywood, John Henry, dearly beloved husband of Hetty Barfield, of 41 Hampton-road, Fremantle, loved father of Jack, George, Marje (Mrs F. Elliott), Les, Jessie (Mrs V. Bordas), Alic and the late Percy and Fred, father-in-law of Alice, Peggy, Frank and Vic, and fond grandfather of eight grandchildren; aged 72 years. Notes: Large gap in siblings births between 1881 and 1886 due to the fact that William Henry was jailed for 4 years (with hard labour) for attempted bank robbery (Tauranga Bank) https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/newspapers/WT18810505.2.8?query=william%20henry%20barfield%20Tauranga Father’s funeral 1912: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/23869385 Mother’s funeral 1932: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/32635918 1936, son, Frederick run over (killed) by a motor waggon: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/83650342 Death notices from children: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/49049667 Various funeral notices: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/49049695