Lance Corporal James Barnes


James Barnes enlisted in the North Irish Horse on 10 January 1910 (No.438).

He embarked for France with A Squadron on 17 August 1914, seeing action on the retreat from Mons and advance to the Aisne.

On 19 October 1914 Barnes faced a field general court martial at Le Mans, France, charged with behaviour to the prejudice of good order and military discipline (Section 40 of the Army Act). He was acquitted. On 11 and 12 December that year he faced another court martial, at St Omer, charged with drunkenness while on active service. This time he was found guilty, and sentence to 84 days' Field Punishment No.1.

When Barnes's term of service ended he chose to leave the army. On 9 January 1916 he was discharged at Antrim as 'time expired'.