Reginald Woorayl Barratt

Name   Reginald Woorayl Barratt

Number    Private 2186B

Battalion      5th Battalion  

Place of Birth   Koonwarra

Next of Kin   His Mother, Mary Rose Barratt of Toora, later 34 Gladstone Windsor

Date and place of enlistment   Melbourne 10/2/1916. His mother agreed to him enlisting

Physical details on enlistment Age 20 years 1 month, 5’5”, 132 pounds, blue eyes and light brown hair

Religion   Church of England

Occupation   grocer

Date and place of death

He died of wounds to the leg and hand received at Peronne on 24/9/1918

Location of grave or memorial

He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery

Relationship to Woorayl Shire

He was born in Koonwarra and attended Leongatha State School

Military History

 Mary Rose Barratt gave permission for Reg to join the army but she wants to be provided for as she depends on him

  • 10/2/1916 He enlisted in Melbourne
  • 25/9/1916 He embarked Melbourne on HMAT Shropshire
  • 9/11/1916 He was sick on the ship
  • He disembarked Capetown and was admitted to hospital with measles
  • 29/1/1917 He embarked Capetown on the Demosthenes
  • 3/3/1917 He disembarked Plymouth

16/6/1917 He went to France to the 5th Battalion

  • During July and August he suffered from scabies
  • 6/10/1917 He went back to his unit
  • 28/10/1917 He had scabies again
  • In November he had influenza
  • In January and February 1918 the scabies continued
  • He had pharyngitis in March and April and the scabies continued
  • 10/8/19 18 He went on leave to England
  • 17/9/1918 He returned to his unit
  • 24/9/1918 He died of wounds to the legs and hands received in action aged 22

Chaplain, 5th Battalion, wrote: Barratt was killed by a long-range artillery shell as he and others were leaving the lines for the billets. He was wounded in the legs and one arm, and subsequently died after giving the chaplain his mother’s address in Australia.

  • Mrs. Barratt was asked for the address of his father, as he should receive the medals. She points out she has not heard of him for 11 years
  • His effects were a gold ring (broken), wrist watch (damaged) and strap, metal ring, YMCA wallet, letters and photos
  • He had a Nation Mutual Insurance policy
  • His mother asked that the words “Thy will be done” be placed on his grave with his name and she offered to pay
  • His Mother received his medals and plaque.


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