Lieutenant Colonel Frank Purcell Barnes

Regiment: Army Service Corps
Date published: 31/03/1916
Killed in action: No
Information: Lieutenant-Colonel Frank Purcell Barnes, A.S.C., who has been recently made a Companion of the Distinguished Service Order, is the eldest son of Canon Barnes, of Ballycastle, Co. Antrim. He was educated at Bilton Grange Preparatory School, and at Tonbridge School, of which he was a House Scholar. Subsequently he obtained an exhibition at Magdalene College, Cambridge, and at the degree examination was placed on the “Classical Tripos” list. He obtained a commission in the Army Service Corps as a University candidate, and about a year later was sent out to South Africa. On his return to Aldershot he was selected for a special course of training in motor car structure, and having completed the course was appointed Instructor of Mechanical Transport, which post he held when the war broke out. He was sent to France at the outset of the war in charge of a detachment of Mechanical Transport.