Rank: Private 446066
Regiment: 10th Bn. Canadian Infantry
Other Memorial: Vimy Memorial [Google]
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Born in Budleigh Salterton to William John Barns and Eliza Jane (Summers), Alexander’s parents were booksellers and printers at 35 Fore Street, Budleigh Salterton, where he lived with his brothers and sisters until about 1900 when they moved to London.
Alexander was educated in Cheltenham and was a clerk and accountant in 1911 for the Selfridges Store in Oxford Street. It seems as though he went to New York in 1913 and it is thought he then moved to Alberta, Canada where he enlisted in the 10th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry Regiment (Alberta).
Commonwealth War Grave Commission information says his wife was from Calgary in Alberta, Canada. He appears to be the only member of his family to be involved in the fighting in the war and although his mother died in 1920 in Lambeth, Surrey, his father died in 1906. There do not seem to be any children of the marriage.
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