Harry Douglas Barnhardt

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 21, 1888

Born to Charles and Euphemia Barnhardt at Belleville Ontario


Nov 6, 1917

Medical examination performed under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 at Belleville Ontario.  Classified as Category A2, meaning that he is fit for duty after training and conditioning


Jan 11, 1918

Drafted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) at Kingston Ontario under the MSA Act of 1917 

Ø      Number 3055947

Ø      Next of kin given as Charles Barnhardt, father, of 20 Wharf St, Belleville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Steel Worker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita at Halifax Nova Scotia as part of the 3rd Draft of the 1st Depot Battalion EOR


Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford where the Draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion


Apr 2, 1918

Admitted to the No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne diagnosed with Mumps


Apr 30, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and shown On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Jun 6, 1918

Discharged from the Convalescent Depot and returned to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Sep 18, 1918

Left the CC Rein C


Sep 19, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines along the Arras-Cambrai Road


Oct 11, 1918

The 21st Battalion suffered heavy casualties during fighting on the Marcoing Line overnight October 11/12.  There were 326 all ranks wounded, killed or missing from this action before they were relieved on the morning of October 12. 

Pte Barnhardt’s file is not clear on the exact date of being wounded, however he is shown in the No 30 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) on October 13th, and listed as dangerously wounded.  The Battalion’s war diary does not report any action or casualties between the 13th and 17th of October, and I assume he was wounded on the evening of October 11, 1918.  A note in the Battalion's Association newsletter The Communiqué, indicates that he was in fact wounded on October 11.


Oct 17, 1918

Transferred to the No 22 CCS, then transferred to the No 33 CCS


Oct 21, 1918

Pte Barnhardt died of his wounds at the No 33 CCS.  The Casualty Form in his service file indicates he received a Shrapnel Wound, while the Circumstances of Death file indicates that it was a gun shot wound.  There are no other medical records for this, making it unclear as to the actual type of wound that he received


Bucquoy Road Cemetery
Ficheux France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Effie Barnhardt, c/o Wm Carnew Esq, Barrister, Belleville Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny and Scroll were sent to his father, Charles Barnhardt, at the same address

The British War Medal

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