WW2 Medal Groups
WW2/Territorial Efficiency Medal, RA/East Surrey Regiment - Named To Barnett
A WW2 medal group awarded to 829718, Christopher James Barnett, who was commissioned in August 1943 from the ranks to become Lieutenant (300125) in the Royal Artillery.
The details of his awards are as follows:
1939-45 Star unnamed as issued.
Africa Star unnamed as issued.
Italy Star unnamed as issued.
Defence Medal unnamed as issued.
British War Medal unnamed as issued.
George VI Efficiency Medal (with 1st Long Service Clasp) named to LT. C. J. BARNETT. R.A.
Further details of WW2 medal award criteria, can be viewed by clicking on here and scrolling to the relevant medal entry, whereas details of the Efficiency Medal award criteria can be viewed by clicking on here.
The WW2 medals are loose with their original ribbons. The Efficiency Medal is in its original box which contains Barnett’s details and a letter which notes his address in London, the nature of his award and the date of the London Gazette entry.
This listing also includes a silver wrist bracelet engraved ‘BARNETT C. J. R. A.’ and a copy of his London Gazette entries.
I believe that Barnett was born on the 7th May 1915 and enlisted into the Royal Artillery in 1933 when he was 18. His R.A. attestation reference can be viewed by clicking on here, (if you have a subscription to ‘find my past’). Obviously a career soldier, I would not be surprised if he was promoted through the ranks and was an NCO.
He was commissioned as an actual officer (2nd Lieutenant) in 1943, his London Gazette entry can be viewed by clicking on here. Towards the end of the war, he retained his rank and was noted as serving in the East Surrey Regiment, the details in the London Gazette can be viewed by clicking on here.
I have no details in regards to Barnett’s actual service, but I suspect that he continued and served as a regular/territorial after the war, hence the award of the Efficiency Medal. His London Gazette entries in regards to this from 1950 can be viewed by clicking on here and on here.
The address on the letter notes him living at No 6 Olverstone Road, West Norwood, London. This is in fact an error, and should read Ulverstone Road which is in Lambeth (also West Norwood) London. The 1939 Register notes the Barnett family living at this address (No 6 - although he himself is not listed which he would not have been if he was away on service with the regular army). The details can be viewed by clicking on here, again if you have a subscription to ‘find my past’.
Ancestry also notes that a Christopher James Barnett from Lambeth passed away in 1981 - these details can be viewed by clicking on here.
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