Remembering the Fallen: on this day in 1916, Captain John Christopher Craven Barnes, 8th Battalion, the Border Regiment, and Lieutenant Yvo Lempriere Ellis, 13th Battalion, the Hampshire Regiment, were killed in action in France.
Captain Barnes had followed his father, Lieutenant-Colonel H.T. Barnes, into the army. His battalion arrived in France at the end of September, 1915, and from there they were sent to Ploegsteert where they were involved in their first major action - they not only suffered from the German artillery and constant sniper fire, but the trenches were in a dire state and in need of draining, and the parapets needed constant work. They made several moves and by the end of April were in the front line trenches north of Arras, which is where Captain Barnes lost his life. He lies buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, at Mont-St. Eloi in France – on his headstone are the words: “Have mercy upon me O God according to Thy loving kindness”. He is remembered in the Coulsdon War Memorial Garden and the Woodcote war memorial. From Colyton in Devon, John was 22 years old.
Lieutenant Ellis was the eldest son of a vicar, he won a scholarship to Rossall School in Lancashire and was a classical scholar at Worcester College in Oxford. At the outbreak of the Great War he chose to put his studies on hold and applied for a commission in the Hampshire Regiment. Lieutenant Ellis was posted to the Isle of Wight until April of 1916, after which he was sent to France, and was killed the following month near Bethune when a mine exploded. He lies buried in the Cambrin Churchyard at Pas de Calais in France. Born in the rectory at Exbury in the New Forest, Hampshire, Yvo was 22 years old.