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|Pvt. John Shrewsbury Barnes
Co. M, 28th Infantry, 1st Division.
September 25, 1900 - October 12, 1918
John Shrewsbury Barnes was born September 25, 1900, at Nashville, Tenn. After the death of his mother when he was about five years of age, John lived with his uncle, Andrew Roy of this city, for two years. He returned to Nashville and pursued an educational career with a high degree of success. Being of a studious mind, he completed the elementary school and the high school at a much earlier age than the average student. For a brief period of time he was also a student at the Tennessee University. Not only did John Barnes have a keen mind and an aptitude for mastering intellectual work, but a highly developed aesthetic nature. He loved music. During his school days he learned to play a cornet, and while at Nashville he played with different bands and orchestras. It was with the purpose of identifying himself with a musical organization that he came to Evansville in 1917. When America entered the world war and called on her citizens for help, John Shrewsbury Barnes, though lacking several years of reaching his majority, responded. He tried to enter the navy, but was rejected because of small stature. He was only sixteen years of age, but realizing the need of the hour, told the recruiting officer that he was eighteen years and six months old, and became a member of Troop A, under Capt. Norcross of this city. His training in this country was received at Hattiesburg, Miss., in 151st Infantry, Headquarters Company. On June 1, 1917 he landed in France. He was engaged in the battles of the Argonne Forest, and was missed October 1, 1918. An estimate of the fighting in which John Shrewsbury Barnes participated may be obtained from General Pershing's official report for October 1, 1918, which said: "During the day we advanced our lines in the forest of Argonne. Further to the east our patrols have passed beyond Cierges and are operating north of that point on the road from Exermont to Gesner, maintaining contact with the enemy. In the north our troops are advancing with the French and British and participating in their success." A statement from the French war office for the same day, said: 'Attacks conducted by the first army in conjunction with the British in the region of St. Quentin yesterday, obtained important results. We have penetrated St. Quentin as far as the Canal. The enemy resisted obstinately." On October 12, 1918 John Shrewsbury Barnes was found dead on the field of honor. _____ Sons of Men: Evansville's War Record, Compiled by Heiman Blatt, Published by Abe P. Madison, 1920 pp32-33.
April 15, 1998