The son of Sgt. Ernest and Mrs. Barnes, First Kent Regt. and Leona Barnes of 46 Main St., Wallaceburg, ON. Prior to the war Pte. Barnes was employed at the Wallaceburg Brass factory.
Frank joined the Essex Scottish in April of 1940 and had gone overseasin july of that year. Reported as a casualty on the Dieppe Raid in the Windsor Star of 16 September, 1942. The WN 8/10/42(P) reported that the International Red Cross at Geneva had confirmed that Frank was a POW in Germany as a result of the raid on Dieppe.
The WN 12/11/42 in an article “Letters To Prisoners of War” gave instructions that each letter or parcel should be addressed:
Prisioner of War Post,
Service des Prisionerd de Guerre.
In this case:
A-22177 Pte. Wm. Barnes, Prisoner of War No. 42989, Stalag 9 C, Germany.
The WN 6/07/44 (P) reported on the welcome home of Bill who had been a POW since the raid on Dieppe in 1942. A photo of the happy home-coming included a examination of a sample of POW “Bread” consisting of potatoe peelings and straw. Pte. Barnes returned to Canada aboard the S.S. Gripsholm.
Returned from overseas service attending a Wallaceburg Kinsmen ‘Welcome Home’ dinner.
William married Betty Frances (nee Mummery). (date unknown)