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Information of First DSM holder in Brighton

by Paul Comber 4 February

Herbert Tom Barnes: b. 28 January 1906 Portsmouth, Hampshire d. August 1984.
In February 1940 ‘Tom’ was one of the Royal Navy Boarding Party onto the German Supply ship The Altmark, anchored in Jossingford (a Norwegian Fiord), and released nearly 300 British prisoners. For this he was awarded the DSM.
After Naval service Tom worked for the Brighton Post Office as a Telegraph Pole Linesman.

A Brighton newspaper (not known), wrote that Tom was a member of the 11th Brighton BB Company connected with the Connaught Institute; was the son of Mr & Mrs W.T. Barnes of 57 Ewhurst Road, Brighton [Mr W T Barnes served in the Royal Artillery who saw action in South Africa].

Does anyone have information on Mr W.T. Barnes of 57 Ewhurst Road, Brighton, who was killed in South Africa in 1919. and why he came up to Brighton from Christchurch, Hampshire ?

Many thanks indeed

Paul (Comber) Grandson-in-law.