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barrattEwart Barratt was born in Wolverhampton in 1898, the son of George and Sarah Ann Barratt. In 1901, they were living at 68 Curzon Street, together with Ewart’s brothers Harry, Frank and Ernest, and sister Emily. By 1911, they had moved to 91 Napier Road, and the household now consisted of Ewart, his parents, brothers Frank and Ernest and sister Jessie. Ewart worked at Chell’s in Bond Street.

Ewart enlisted with the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment (number 2223), having already been in the Territorial Force prior to the outbreak of war. He was killed on 27 May 1915 when a bullet struck him in the side and passed through his heart. This was reported in the Express & Star on 15 June 1915. He was only 16 years old when he was killed, although the newspaper report had him as 17, so presumably he lied about his age when he enlisted. He is buried at the St Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery in Belgium. Further biographical detail about him appears on the “Black Country Territorials” site.

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