Our Family History
the Descendants of Walter and Rebecca Barnett.
by By Brian Jones
and Rebecca's eldest son Ernest John Frederick Barnett was born in 88 Goodinge
Road, Islington on the 19th January 1895 he was given the names John Frederick
after his uncle. He began his
academic life at Hungerford Road School where he stayed until he started work on
the railways in about 1909.
stayed with railways until 1916 when he enlisted in the Royal Marines. After his
basic training he was sent to the trenches of Belgium and France where he saw
action and was eventually taken prisoner, being held in a German POW camp. It
was during his enforced stay with the Hun that he contacted the life threatening
disease mastoiditis, an inflammation of the mastoid process at the back of the
ear. He often spoke of this period
and the German doctor who successfully treated this illness and saved his life.
In 1918 Ernest returned home from the war and took up his deferred employment on
the railways. He received the
following medals for war service; British War Medal and Victory Medal.
the period prior to 1923 he started courting Fanny Gittus a young lady who was
also born in Islington starting her life in 1894. She was brought up in a family
of two brothers and four sisters.
finishing primary and secondary education Fan, as she was known, was employed as
a kitchen maid in one of the bigger houses of London.
This type of work didn't suit her so she opted for a job in Maples, the
large London department store, where she was taught bead embroidery and dress
making. This job lasted her until
hostilities began with the Germans in 1914, when she got employment with the War
Office in Whitehall, London now called the Ministry of Defence.
Fanny stayed with the War Office until her marriage to Ernest Barnett in
1923. They started their married life in the St Pancras area of London.
the late 1920's Ernest and Fanny bought a house and with their two daughters,
Irene and Betty, moved to Queensbury Road, Kingsbury, a suburb of Northwest
and Fanny Barnett's eldest daughter, Irene, was born in Leighton Road, St.
Pancras, London in 1924. She moved
with her parents and younger sister to Queensbury Road, Kingsbury in the late
at this time was still quite a rural area of London, so on reaching school age
Rene had quite a hike to the nearest school situated near the Red Lion Public
House on the corner of the Edgware Road and Kingsbury Road.
and Bill have a daughter Maureen Parnell born 1947 and a son Michael Parnell
and Bill's daughter Maureen married David Amies in 1969 and they have two
children, Lisa and Matthew.
and Bill's son Michael married Patricia Tracey in 1976, they have three
children, Darren, Kerry and Amber. Darren and Sue Parnell have three children,
Rowan, Brynn and Connor.
younger sister Betty was born on the 11th December 1927 in St. Pancras, London.
Like her sister she was initially educated at Fryent School, Kingsbury
but on reaching the age of 12 years Betty moved to Roe Green Senior School where
she passed a scholarship to study shorthand and typing at Pitman's College,
first job on leaving college at the age of 15 years was as a shorthand typist
with The Amalgamated Press on Farringdon Street, Central London, which was
situated close to the Holborn viaduct and Hatton Garden, the centre of the
British Diamond Industry.
married John Shave on the 1st January 1949 and on the 27th February 1951 she
gave birth to her eldest child, John Andrew Shave. It was at this time that she gave up full time employment. In
1963 she resumed work and was employed until her husband's retirement.
and John are living in retirement on the Isle of Wight at the time of this
and John's son Andrew Shave married Ann Sheehee on the 12 July 1972, and at the
time of writing he is a director with Bollems Paints. Andrew and Ann have
three children Emma, Elliot and Julia.
and John's daughter Susan at the time of writing is an auxiliary nurse at St.
Mary's Hospital, Newport, Isle of Wight. She married to John Vickery on the 28th
July 1976. They have three children
Thomas, Clare and Lynsey.
Percy Barnett was born at 88 Goodinge Road, Islington, London on the 25th
November 1897, the second eldest son of Walter and Rebecca Barnett.
He attended Hungerford Road School were he received his primary,
elementary and secondary schooling until the age of 14.
On completion of this period of his education Percy, as he was known,
started work as a wood sawyers mate.
the 3rd February 1914 Percy started his Royal Naval career as a boy seaman 2nd
class, with a twelve-year engagement, at HMS Vivid, a shore establishment at
Devonport, Devon. After his basic
training of about three months he was posted to HMS Carnarvon, an Armoured
cruiser of the Devonshire Class. On
the 5th May 1914 he passed his seamanship exams and was promoted to boy seaman
1st class. On his eighteenth
birthday and on reaching adulthood, Percy was inducted into Royal Navy
man-service as an ordinary seaman.
the winter of 1914 the Carnarvon was dispatched to the South Atlantic where on
the 8th December 1914 it took part in the Battle of the Falklands against a
German fleet returning to their home waters from the Far East.
This German Far East Fleet had already defeated the British at the Battle
of Coronel, just off Chile in the Pacific Ocean.
The Carnarvon rendezvoused with the Battlecruisers Invincible and
Inflexible off the Brazilian Coast and then they sailed for Port Stanley,
Falkland Islands. Just before 8am on the 8th December a signal was received
"Enemy in sight". By the
afternoon of the 8th the battle was over with the Germans taking heavy losses.
a fully-fledged rating and with his first experience of battle, Percy stayed
with HMS Carnarvon until the 15th August 1915 after which he was posted back to
the spring of 1916 Valiant, skippered by Captain Woollcombe, was serving with
the battle squadron in the North Sea when orders were received to steam to an
area of the North Sea just off Jutland. It was here that Able Seaman Percy
Barnett would see action, yet again, in the epic Battle of Jutland, which took
place at the end of May 1916. Although
Valiant would only receive splinter damage, many British ships were lost at this
battle, some of the notable names being the Battlecruisers Indefatigable, Queen
Mary and Invincible. Although the
British Navy hoped that this would be another Trafalgar, it never turned out
that way. This battle was a
material and moral victory for the German High Seas Fleet, whilst being a
strategic victory for the British Grand Fleet.
The Germans had inflicted heavier losses on the numerically superior
British Fleet and had escaped near destruction but they also failed to break the
British blockade or control the North Sea and had not altered the balance of the
power in any meaningful way.
1917 and 1922 Percy served on various ships and shore bases among them being HMS
Vivids, Pembroke, Blake and Columbine. It
was during this period that he passed the necessary education for the rank of
Able Seaman Walter Percy Barnett's naval career his superior officers thought
highly of him and gave exemplary reports on most of his personal inspections. On
95% of the reports Percy's character was put down as very good and his ability
as superior. It has been said that
whilst on leave he didn't conform to civilian standards; as a ex-regular Army
man myself I must stand up for and sympathise with Percy, as I found it hard and
boring to take to civilian life, even on the short spells of leave that I had to
take. He received the following
medals for war service: 1914 - 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
leaving the Royal Navy, Percy went home to 49 Gooding Road where on the 1st
December 1923 he died from Pulmonary TB at the age of only 27 years.
His mum Rebecca was present at his death, which was certified by Dr. D.W.
you are interested in reading about the Battles of Falklands and Jutland there
are some well written article links at the website http://www.worldwar1.co.uk/
was on the 7th October 1898 that the third son of Rebecca and Walter was born at
88 Goodinge Road. They named him Albert George Barnett. On completion of his
schooling at Hungerford Road School at age 14 years he went to work on the
London and North Western Railway at Camden Town. On the 4th December 1915 Albert was working near Upgoods
Arrival Road in Camden Goods Yard when he was struck by a railway truck and
killed. At this time he was
employed as a railway shunter number taker.
According to the result of the inquest and to quote from the death
certificate he received "
Shock and haemorrhage, sever abdominal injuries and injuries to leg.
Run over by railway trucks. Accidental." The inquest, which was held on the 6th December 1915, was
presided over by Mr W Schroder, Coroner for London.
Victor Barnett was the first child of Rebekah and Walter Barnett to be born in
the 20th century when he arrived at 36 Goodinge Road on the 22nd of March 1901.
He was also the first Edwardian; he was born two months after the death of Queen
Victoria who passed away on January 22nd 1901. I wonder if Ted was named after the new King Edward VII, and
his second name of Victor because of the so called victory of the British in the
like his brothers before him was educated at Hungerford Road School where he
stayed until he finished his secondary education at age 14 years.
was in the 1920's that Edward met Rose Gamby who was born on the 21st of
September 1903 in West Tottenham. Rose
was a member of a large family of many brothers, sisters, stepbrothers and
stepsisters. On leaving school she, like most of her contemporaries, went into
domestic service getting employment as a maid to a family who lived at Hyde Park
Mansions, St. Marylebone.
the duration of the Second World War Edward served with the Home Guard and Rose
opened her house as a school. This
meant children and a schoolteacher coming in a few days per week for classes.
and Edward had lived together at Sunnymead Road for 30 years and Rose would live
there for another 25 years for total of 55 years in the same house. She became
ill in 1982 and moved to Borehamwood, Herts where she died on the 2nd of
and Rose Barnett had two children, Victor and Tessa.
Barnett was born at the Ashley Nursing Home, Kenton Lane on the 29th September
Christine started her schooling at Fryent School in 1967 Tessa worked there as a
lunchtime supervisor, a job that she had for ten years.
next job, which was to last until being made redundant in 1986, was with the
firm of Alfred Gilbert & Sons of Colindale. Four years prior to her
redundancy from this firm she married Edgar William Root (Bill) on the 29th
Barnett was born in the front room of 31 Sunnymead Road, Kingsbury on the 1st
June 1935. He was educated at Fryent School and the Secondary boy's school in
Colindale. On completion of his education he took up employment as a printer. At
about age 18 years he was called up for National Service for his two years
is married to Stephen Howells.
the December of 1997 Tessa moved from Cumbria to Suffolk to be near her daughter
daughter, Christine was born on the 7th March 1962 at Kingsbury Maternity
Hospital. She went to Fryent
School, the same school her Mother, Uncle Victor and her two second cousins,
Irene and Betty Barnett attended. It is interesting to note, if my facts are
correct, that the first Barnett child attended Fryent School when it was first
built in the early 1930's and the last attended in the middle 1960's a total of
30 years of loyal Barnett service. After finishing her primary education,
Christine attended Kingsbury High School until 1978.
On leaving school she went to Westminster College, Battersea to train as
a Hotel Receptionist. After leaving college in 1979 Christine went to work for
Alfred Gilbert & Sons until being made redundant in 1986, after which she
got employment with Remploy Ltd. of Colindale. In 1988 she went to work for MFI
Head Office, Colindale, where she met her husband, Simon Farnish. After the
birth of their first child, Charlotte Rose 11th June 1991, they moved to
Suffolk. They were married in Suffolk on the 8th of August 1992 and have one
other daughter, Hannah Jayne who was born on the 23rd December 1996.
next child to be born to Rebecca and Walter was Cecil Harold.
Cecil like his brother Edward was born at 36 Goodinge Road.
He was to go on to have a short life being born on the 25 March 1903 and
dying on the 14th August 1904 aged 16 months.
He died from pertussis (whooping cough) after suffering the acute cough
for 35 days.
youngest son of Walter and Rebekah was Horace Adolphus Barnett who was born on
the 5th May 1905 at Goodinge Road, Lower Holloway, Islington. Like his older
brothers he attended Hungerford Road School until he was 14 years old.
the death of their infant son John Walter, Horace and Gwladys moved to West
Hendon where they stayed until the early 1970's.
the outbreak of World War Two Horace together with a mate attempted to join the
Royal Navy to be told that as he worked in a Reserved Occupation he would be
unable to join any of the armed forces. The story has it that they were escorted
home by the local police.
died on the 14th April 1984 aged 79 years and Gwladys died on the 26th August
1995 aged 88 years. Both passed away at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.
Walter Barnett, the first born of Horace and Glwadys, was born at the Mason
family home in Troeyrhin, Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales on the 4th April 1934,
unfortunately he died at the infant age of 8 months on the 14th December 1934 at
Edgware General Hospital.
the 31t December 1935 Gwladys Barnett gave birth to her second son, Terry, at
their home in Brent View Road, West Hendon, London.
schooling started at Algernon Road School in 1939, the school where his Uncle
Stan and Aunt May where the caretakers. He stayed here until he moved to Brent
Modern Secondary School, which was situated, on Sturgess Road, Hendon.
his arrival back in civvy street Terry got a plumbing job with J Sainsbury's at
Blackfriars, London. This job lasted until just before his marriage to an Irish
Colleen named Mary Cullen at the Roman Catholic Church in Burnt Oak, NW London
on the 23rd of March 1963.
their marriage, Mary and Terry Barnett moved to a flat on Church Road, Kingsbury
where they stayed until a move to Edgware in the middle to late 1960's.
the time of writing Terry and Mary are still living in the town of Luton, which
is just some 20 miles South of where this story began.
is with great sadness to say that Derek Mark Barnett passed away on the 25th
November 1990 at the very young age of only 25 years.
and Rebekah's eldest daughter, Mabel Grace Becky Barnett was born at 49 Goodinge
Road, Islington on the 22nd July 1907. She attended Hungerford Road School until reaching the age of
14 years when she went into domestic service.
often used to speak about her childhood in and around Upper Holloway especially
market days down at the Caledonian Road Market. On some market days the bulls, on smelling the blood coming
from the slaughterhouse, would panic and escape from their drovers, stampeding
up and down the streets. This must
have been quite a spectacle in the heart of London!
the years 1921 to 1931 Mabel progressed from scullery maid to head cook serving
in several households including Lord and Lady Horlicks of the nightime drink and
a Harley Street eye surgeon at which time she was living at Portland Place,
Stanley was the son of Isaac William Jones and Eleanor Jones nee Evans.
leaving the army in 1931 Stan, as he was known, found employment with
Frigidaires Factory along the Edgware Road at Burnt Oak. Then in the mid 1930's
William and Mabel secured a job as caretakers of Algernon Road School, Hendon
where they stayed for close to 35 years. They retired in 1969 to a flat in old
Jones died 1980 and Mabel died 1982 they both were put to rest at Golders Green
had two children Peggy Mildred Jones born 20th January 1930 and Brian Jones born
24th August 1939.
Jones was born in Goodinge Road, Islington and christened at St. Luke's Church,
Holloway. This was the church where
her grandmother and grandfather, Rebekah and Walter Barnet were married some
stayed with the police until reaching the rank of inspector when she decided a
change in occupation was in order. So in her early forties she attended an adult
training college where she graduated as a primary school teacher in the late
1960s. On completion of her college course Peggy got a job with Colindale
Primary School, NW London, which was the school she attended when an infant. She
stayed with teaching for about 15 years until she took early retirement from
full time work, although she still taught on a casual basis.
currently fully retired and living in Oxhey a suburb of Watford, not to far from
her cousin Irene Parnell.
young brother Brian Jones started life just a couple of weeks before the
outbreak of World War Two, on the 24th August 1939.
was a sickly child, having Scarlet Fever when a two year old and TB and
Rheumatic Fever when he was 8 years old.
in Canada in 1975 he met and married Diane Elizabeth Spencer.
left the army in 1978 and worked for machine tool importers as a management
accountant until 1981. He and Diane moved back to Canada in 1981 where Brian and
Diane both worked for the Canadian Government. In 1984 they returned to
England when they bought a shop in Worthing, Sussex. He and Diane are currently
running a newsagents in Bristol where they have been since 1988.
Jones has completed a more in-depth story of his life.
youngest member of Walter and Rebekah Barnett's family is Ivy Barnett who was
born in Islington in 1914. According to reliable sources, as she was the baby of
family, she was thoroughly spoilt by all the male members of the household. On
leaving school she was placed, much against her will, into domestic service as a
nursemaid. She eventually settled into the post of kitchen maid at the London
home of the Bankes family. They were wealthy landowners from Dorset, so for
several months each year Ivy worked at their country estate at Kingston Lacy in
Wimbourne, Dorset. (This is now a National Trust property) It was here that she
met her future husband William Frank Bates, who was employed as a footman and
trainee butler. They married in 1935, at which time they left service and
settled in Fulham, where William started up his own window cleaning business.
World War Two put an end to this potentially successful business and Ivy
and her three children were eventually evacuated to Frome, Somerset. She spent
the next 56 years in Frome, until at the age of 84 she sold her bungalow and
moved to her Granddaughter's farm in Seend, Wiltshire.
Ivy is currently living in sheltered accommodation in Bromham, Wilts.
Frank Bates was born in Fulham, London in 1908. He was the third son in a family of 4 boys and 1 girl. He
showed great educational promise, passing the scholarship for entry into a
Grammar School a year younger than was usual. However, due to the customary
hardship working class families suffered at that time, William was unable to
take up the scholarship and subsequently left school at the age of 14.
Long periods of unemployment then occurred during which times he spent
many a happy hour reading in the British Library.
In search of a better life he emigrated to Canada in the 1920's, but with
the Depression in full swing employment was just as difficult to find there.
He returned to England and eventually found employment with the Bankes
family, which led to his subsequent marriage to Ivy.
He was conscripted into the army in 1940 and spent the next 5 years
abroad, serving in Malta and Egypt. He
was demobbed in 1945 and reunited with his family and settled in Frome for the
rest of his life. William died in 1976 from a stroke.
and Ivy Bates had three children: Edwin Bates, Joan Bates and Iris Bates.
George Bates was born on the 28th September 1936 at his grandmother's house, 49
Goodinge Road, Islington. In 1940 he moved to Frome with the rest of the family.
In 1947 he passed a scholarship to Frome Grammar School and on completion of his
schooling joined the Civil Service, where he spent his working life. In 1995
Eddy took early retirement. He married Elizabeth Anne Hawkins in 1960.
They have three children; Nicola Bates born 28 November 1962, Richard
Bates born 8 June 1964 and Alison Bates born 19 July 1970.
Bates was born in Fulham on the 26th October 1937. Like Eddy she spent her
childhood in Frome. After completing her schooling she worked as assistant
housemother in a children's home in Shirley Croydon. She married Colin Stokes in
1968. They had four children; Helen Stokes born 1969 died 1969, Victoria Stokes
born 12 August 1970, Robert Stokes born 19 June 1972 and Andrew Stokes born 2
June 1974. Joan sadly died prematurely in 1989.
Bates was born in Hastings, Sussex on the 7th July 1940. She was educated at
Frome Grammar School. She did general nursing training in Bristol and midwifery
training in Croydon. She married
first Peter Harper in 1964 and divorced in 1971. They have one child; Catherine
Harper born 10 June 1965.
am now fairly sure, by the process of elimination, that the coronary heart
disease that is prevalent amongst the 20th Century Barnetts and their
descendants, was brought into the family by Emma Dilly (1825 - 1890), the mother
of Walter Barnett (1868-1932).