Memorial Plaque

    30 JULY 1915

Connection with Effingham

He was born in the village and was resident here until at least age 16.


Frederick’s father was William Barnett, born at Effingham in 1870 [GRO Ref: Dorking 2a 131, 1870 (Q2)]. The 1891 Census finds William living there with his widowed mother Ann and occupied as a journeyman baker. (A journeyman was someone who had worked his apprenticeship and now worked as an employee of someone, not as a master in his own right.)  

1891 Census
The Village, Effingham : PRO Ref: RG12 Piece 576 Folio 87 Page 2

Ann Barnett : head : wid : 60 : — : Effingham, Surrey
William Barnett : son : unm : 20 : journeyman baker : Effingham, Surrey

In the third quarter of 1894, William married Emily (née) Chapman [GRO Ref: Tunbridge 2a 1189, 1894 (Q3)]. Emily was already heavily pregnant with Frederick, whose birth was registered in the fourth quarter of the same year [GRO Ref: Dorking 2a 150, 1894 (Q4)]. 

Here is Frederick in the 1901 Census:

1901 Census
The Steps, Effingham : PRO Ref: RG13 Piece 623 Folio 89 Page 4

William Barnett : head : mar : 30 : journeyman baker : Effingham, Surrey
Emily Barnett : wife : mar : 34 : — : Langton Green, Kent
Frederick Barnett : son : unm : 6 : — : Effingham, Surrey
Reginald Barnett : son : unm : 4 months : — : Effingham, Surrey

and again in the 1911 Census:

1911 Census
Lower Street, Effingham : PRO Ref: RG14 Piece 3193 Schedule 14

William Barnett : head : mar : 40 : cowman : Effingham, Surrey
Emily Barnett : wife : mar : 44 : — : Langton Green, Kent
Frederick William Barnett : son : unm : 16 : working in garden : Effingham, Surrey
Reginald George Barnett : son : unm : 10 : at school : Effingham, Surrey
Noel Stanley Barnett : son : unm : 9 : — : Effingham, Surrey
Frank Thomas Barnett : son : unm : 4 : — : Effingham, Surrey

It is curious that Frederick’s father William was now occupied as a cowman after so many years as a baker.

Frederick enlisted with the King’s Royal Rifles Corps, evidently at the same time as two other young men of Effingham, Frederick Maskell and Frederick Orlando Kemp. Their Service Numbers were A/1308, A/1309 and A/1310, respectively. The first two joined the 7th Battalion and were killed on the same day in 1915, whereas Kemp joined the 8th Battalion and was killed nearly two years later. By the time that the death of Frederick (Barnett) was recorded by the War Graves Commission, his parents had moved from Lower Street to Church Street.

Military Records

1. Service Record – not found

2. Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record

Date of Death
Service No.
Additional info.
Grave/Memorial Ref.

King’s Royal Rifle Corps, 7th Bn
Son of William Barnett, of Church St., Effingham, Leatherhead, Surrey
Panel 51 and 53

3. “Soldiers Died in the Great War” Record

This adds that he died of wounds in France/Flanders in the Western European Theatre of war. It also claims that he enlisted at Bordon in Hampshire, but there is currently some uncertainty over this as the same source claims that Maskell and Kemp both enlisted at Guildford.

4. Medal Record