Have come across a bit of a problem in regard to the commemoration of:
Pte 6547 William Barwick (MM) of the 12th Bn, AIF
Pte Barwick died on board the Australian Hospital Ship Kanowna
just after she arrived at Port Said (18/1/19) – according to the ship’s War Diary he was taken ashore the next day (19/1/19) and buried in the Military Cemetery (Port Said War Memorial Cemetery)
Kanowna War Diary:
18/1/19: Arrived Port Said at 1pm. ….Death: No.6547 Pte Barwick, W., 12th Batt, died at 1.20pm. …….Arranged for funeral of Pte Barwick ashore tomorrow at 10am. ………
19/1/19: …… Funeral party ashore under Major Yule A.A.M.C. for burial of Pte Barwick, buried in Military Cemetery, Port Said.
The only reference found in his Service Record in regard to burial is a copy of the list of deaths on the hospital ship for that voyage (p.56), which also states he was buried in the cemetery. It seems that this record has been overlooked, and as the soldier was initially wounded in France & died on the ship en-route to Australia – it has been assumed that he was buried at sea, and thus is commemorated on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.
[CWGC, AWM Roll of Honour & Australian War Graves Project all show commemoration on the VB Mem]
Service No: 6547
Date of Death: 18/01/1919
Regiment/Service: Australian Infantry, A.I.F. 12th Bn.
Awards: M M
Panel Reference: Addenda.
Memorial: VILLERS-BRETONNEUX MEMORIAL
Additional Information: Son of Thomas Groves Barwick and Frances Amelia Barwick of Merriton, Woodbury, Oatlands, Tasmania.
AWM Roll of Honour
Service number: 6547
Unit: 12th Battalion (Infantry)
Service: Australian Army
Date of death: 18 January 1919
Place of death: Port Said, Egypt
Cemetery or memorial details: Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France
Source: AWM145 Roll of Honour cards, 1914-1918 War, Army
Questions that need answers
Is there a grave marked with a headstone in the cemetery? Or did the original error occur here?
Is his name actually on the VB Memorial? Or is this just a ‘paper’ error? [see CWGC Panel Reference: Addenda (?)]
Would the CWGC have old records that may be able to clear this up?
Does anyone have photos of all graves
in the cemetery? (bearing in mind that the AWG Project would have only photographed the Australian graves listed on the CWGC website)
Any ideas, or preferably answers in regard to any of these questions would be most welcome