Topic: The Barnard Brothers

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As part of Tauranga City Libraries 'Threads of Memory' project Edwin John Barnard came in to talk about six of this father's brothers who served during World War I. His father was William Hooper Barnard. Four brothers served at Gallipoli where one was killed. John's grandmother was working hard on the home front baking gingernuts to raise funds during both World Wars.

Helena Marian Brown married Henry James Barnard in 1884. They had nine children together. During both World Wars Helena worked tirlessly for the troops and civilians with knitting groups. After World War I Helena raised enough money for two ambulances. She also baked a total of over 4 tons of gingernuts for the troops in Gallipoli, France, Belgium and North Africa. In 1932 she presented the 'Suvla Bay' bell to the National Carillon.

John Barnard talking with library staff during 2015 Threads of Memory

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Two and a quarter pounds flour, 1 lb. light brown sugar, 1/2 lb. butter, 1 oz. ground ginger,

2 lb. golden syrup. Rub the dry ingredients together well. Then mix with sufficient warmed

syrup to make stiff dough. Make into little marbles by rolling pieces of the dough into long

thin strips, chopping bits off (as though chopping rhubarb) and roll each one into a 

little marble. Flatten slightly. Fifteen minutes or less, 370°. No rising.


Six of the Barnard's eight sons served during World War I, four at Gallipoli. Two of them would be killed in action. 

The Barnard Brothers (c1905)

The Barnard Brothers (c1905)

Frank Allen Barnard (1886-1972)

Frank Allen Barnard was born on 18 March 1886. During World War I he was a Trooper in Wellington Mounted Rifles (Service Number: Regimental No.11/477). He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, was shell shocked & repatriated. Frank died in 1972.

Emily Sarah Barnard (1887-1890)

Emily Sarah Barnard was born in 1887 (reg. 1887/10297). Emily was aged two years old when her nightgown caught fire. She died as a result of her burns in 1890 (reg. 1890/5878).

Henry Barnard (1890-1915) Killed in Action

Image from 1916 of Henry Barnard 

Henry Barnard was born on 31 January 1890. He was known as 'Harry'. During World War I he was a Private in Auckland Regiment (Service Number: Reg. No. 12/20). He landed at Gallipoli on 8 May 1915. During his duties as a stretcher bearer, Harry was killed by a sniper on 12 August 1915. His name is on the Chunuk Bair Memorial.

From The Kiwi: The Auckland University College Magazine. August 1916 (Vol 11).

 Private Henry Barnard

Private Barnard, the second son of Mr. H. J. Barnard of Eltham, was born in Wellington in 1890. In 1905 he entered the office of Messrs. Findlay, Dalziell and Co., solicitors, of Welling­ton. He was with them for four and a-half years, during which he passed several law examinations at Victoria College. After two and a-half years with Mr. D. Syme, of Eltham, he joined Messrs. Stewart and Johnson of Auckland, by whom he was em­ployed when war broke out.

He left with the 3rd Auckland Infantry of the Main Body. Sickness prevented him from reaching Gallipoli till May 8th. During a bayonet charge for which he volunteered he received a slight wound in the head, but was back to duty after a few days He was actively engaged on the fighting front until killed by a sniper on August 12th, whilst helping to remove a wounded comrade during an engagement. He was buried at Anzac.

Barnard was an enthusiastic hockey player. He will also be remembered by the Auckland Rowing Club and our Law Students' Society. Four of Barnard's brothers have seen active service—two, who left with him, have since returned invalided.


Image accompanying a Threads of Memory 2015 talk 


James Barnard (1891-1988)

James Barnard was born on 6 July 1891. He was known as 'Jim'. During World War I he served as a Trooper with the Wellington Mounted Rifles (Service Number: 11/594). He landed at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915. Later he was caught up with others during an ambush. He fought his way out but was wounded in the shoulder and thigh. James died in 1988.

Joseph William Barnard (1893-1979)

Joseph William Barnard was born on 2 October 1893. He was known as 'Joe'. During World War I he was a Private with the 6th Canterbury Infantry Battalion (Service Number: 6/2634). He fought in France, but was wounded and repatriated. However, when the ship reached Egypt he was declared fit and sent to Gallipoli with the last reinforcements. He was also a Quarter Master Sergeant at Sling camp, Salisbury Camp, England. Joe died in 1979.

Charles Valentine Barnard (1896-1917) Killed in Action

Charles Valentine was born on 16 October 1896 He was known as 'Charlie'. During World War I he was a Rifleman with the 2nd New Zealand Rifle Brigade (Service Number: 24/647). Charles fought at Polygon in Belgium which was officially called the 'The Third Battle of Ypres'. He was killed in action on 25 November 1917.

Alfred Montague Barnard (1898-1945)

Alfred Montague Barnard was born on 10 November 1898. He was known as 'Monty'. During World War I he was a Corporal with the 28th Reinforcements (Service Number: 42015). After his experiences he was was shell shocked & ill, and therefore repatriated. Monty died in 1945).

Leonard Thomas Barnard (1900-1927)

Leonard Thomas Barnard was born on 6 Aug 1900 (reg. 1900/4224), too young to serve during World War I. He was known as 'Len'. Len died in 1927.

William Hooper Barnard (1902-1979)

William Hooper Barnard was born on 1 Dec 1902, too young to served during World War I. Will was the father of Edwin John Barnard who recorded these memories at Tauranga City Library on 24 April 2015. Will died in 1979.

Photocopy of image of 3 WWI Barnard boys 

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The Barnard Brothers

First Names:Helena Marian
Last Name:Brown
Date of Birth:1865
Date of death:1965
Spouses name:Henry James Barnard
Date of marriage:1884
Military Service:World War I (1914-1918)