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Douglas Barnes was born in Learmonth, VIC and was an Undertaker in Ballarat when he enlisted in the 23rd Battalion, Headquarters as a Lieutenant on 6 April 1915 at the age of 25. His unit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 10 May 1915. At the end of March 1916 he arrived in France where on June 16th he was wounded in action. He received a gunshot wound to his upper left arm and was evacuated to the 5th Auxiliary Hospital in England. In September he was able to rejoin his unit, promoted to Captain. In January 1917 he was once again withdrawn to hospital in England, suffering from gastro-enteritis. The London Gazette of January 4th 1918 carried the announcement that in recognition of the conspicuous service rendered by Capt. Barnes he had been appointed to the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Around the same time he was assessed as unfit for general service but fit for home service so he returned to Australia on the Mamari, disembarking at Melbourne on February 4th 1919.
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