No. 8300, 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
Died of wounds on Thursday 6 September 1917 (aged 26)
Harlebeke New British Cemetery, Belgium (Grave XII. D. 6)
Bangor and District War Memorial
In some records his surname is spelt Barron.
David Barnes was born on 15 September 1890 in Croft Street, Bangor and he was a son of David and Jane Barnes (nee Lindsay) who were married on 26 September 1889 in Bangor Parish Church of Ireland Church (St Comgall’s). David Barnes, a fisherman from Bangor was a son of William Barnes, a fisherman. Jane Lindsay from Bangor was a daughter of John Lindsay, a labourer.
Both father and son worked as fishermen and Jane worked as a charwoman.
David Barnes Senior and Jane had at least three children:
David (born 15 September 1890 in Croft Street, Bangor)
Ruth (born 11 May 1893 in Croft Street, Bangor)
Margaret (Maggie, born 30 April 1896 in Croft Street, Bangor)
Jane’s mother, Jane Lindsay, lived with the Barnes family in Church Street, Bangor.
David Barnes enlisted in Belfast and served with the 1st Battalion Royal Irish Rifles. Described in the Press as a ‘hero of Mons, died of wounds a prisoner in Germany’, Rifleman David Barnes (No. 8300) was 26 when he died of wounds on 6 September 1917. He was buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery in Belgium.
At the time of David’s death his widow Christina was living in Dublin.
David Barnes (aged 23) and Christina Lawless (aged 23) were married on 21 October 1916 in Clontarf Parish Church of Ireland Church, Dublin. David Barnes from Bangor, a Private in the Royal Irish Rifles, was a son of David Barnes, a sailor. Christina Lawless from Yew Park, Clontarf was a daughter of Peter Lawless, a labourer.
Rifleman David Barnes (No. 8300) is commemorated on Bangor and District War Memorial.