Bath Road, Blanche Barnett, British Red Cross, Chicago, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Ellen Barnett, Henry Barnett, Leeds, London Gazette, Oaks Crescent, Queen Victoria Nursing Institution, Shropshire, South Staffordshire Regiment, St Michael and All Angels Church, Tettenhall, Tettenhall Road, United States of America
Thomas Jackson and Emma Jane Barnett, of Salisbury House, 20 Tettenhall Road, had 12 children. Of the 11 who were still alive by 1914, many were involved in contributing to the war effort during the First World War. Today I will focus on the six older children, and feature the other six tomorrow.
Ellen Jane was born in 1867. She was working as a maternity nurse in 1911, and as she does not appear to have married she presumably continued in a similar role, although she does not appear in the British Red Cross cards. She died on 22 September 1938 at the age of 71 at the Queen Victoria Nursing Institution in Bath Road, Wolverhampton. Her address by this date was given as 207 Tettenhall Road, and the value of her effects was £3076 15s.
Florence Ethel was born 1868. She was working as a school Governness in 1891. Unfortunately, she died on 26 Aug 1899. The value of her effects was £65.
Thomas Edward was born on 22 September 1869. In 1891, he was working as an auctioneers assistant, before becoming an auctioneer by 1901. Thomas married Blanche Crow in Leeds in 1901, and the couple lived first at 17 Oaks Crescent, Wolverhampton and at Min-y-don, Tettenhall by 1911. Thomas served as a Major with the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment, and was awarded a Territorial Decoration, as announced in the London Gazette on 7 June 1917. Thomas died in Wolverhampton 5 December 1918. His death is listed on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission site, so presumably was war-related. The value of his effects was £3037 5s. 4d, and he is buried at Tettenhall Regis (St Michael) Churchyard.
Alice Bertha was born in 1871. I have not been able to confirm much more about Alice, but unfortunately she died on 9 December 1918 at the age of 47, four days after her older brother. The value of her effects was £1666 3s. 4d.
Henry Alfred was born 22 October 1872. By 1891, he was working as an engineers assistant, later becoming an engineer. Henry married Lucy Mary Garfield in Wolverhampton in 1905 and emigrated to Chicago with her in 1910. The couple had two sons, Alistair Garfield, and Thomas J. In September 1918 at the age of 45, Henry enlisted with the US Army, but survived the war. He died 18 March 1941 in Chicago.
Agnes Maud was born in 1874. In 1891 she was pupil at a school in Wellington, Shropshire, but I have not been able to trace her further beyond that.