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Peter Earle Barnes   (1917-2002)

Royal Air Force Officer
&
Master and Huntsman

 

 

PETER EARLE BARNES  was born 6 November 1917 in the registration district of Brentford, Buckinghamshire.

The birth date came from the death index.

 

Father:     Eric Earle Barnes

Mother:   Mabel Stonestreet

 

From the birth index, the mother's maiden surname was Stonestreet.

 

From the England & Wales, birth index:

Name:                                          Peter E Barnes
Mother's Maiden Surname:    Stonestreet
Date:                                            Oct-Nov-Dec 1917
Registration District:               Brentford
County:                                       Buckinghamshire
Volume:                                      3a
Page:                                           214

 

~ about Peter Earle Barnes' parents

 

Eric Earle Barnes married Mabel Stonestreet in the 1st quarter (Jan-Feb-Mar) of 1917 in the Brentford Registration district of Middlesex.

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Name:                                 Eric E Barnes
Spouse's Name:                Mabel Stonestreet
Date:                                   Jan-Feb-Mar 1917
Registration District:      Brentford
County:                               Middlesex
Vol.:                                    3a
Page:                                  161

 

Eric Earle Barnes was in World War I for a couple of years before he married Mabel Stonestreet.  And then he went back to France again to continue his part in the war.

 

Captain E. Earle Barnes was killed in action on November 7, 1917.

 

From the newspaper, The Times, Thursday, February 28, 1918:

KILLED IN ACTION.

BARNES. - Killed in action, on the 7th Nov., Capt. E. Earle Barnes, R.E., att. R.F.C., husband of Mabel Barnes (nee Stonestreet), of Ealing.

 

From the website, Flight Global Archive:

March 7, 1918.

Casualties.

Captain E. EARLE BARNES, R.E., attached R.F.C., killed in France on November 7th, 1917, was educated at St. Paul's.  After serving an apprenticeship at the Crewe Works he qualified A.M.I.C.E., intending to take an appointment in lndia.  His health did not permit of this, and shortly before the outbreak of war he obtained a temporary commission in the Royal Engineers.  He went to France in June, 1915, and saw active service for a year, being gassed on one occasion.  In June, 1916, he transferred to the R.F.C., in which he speedily qualified as a pilot.  After serving for some time in England he went to France in October, 1917, as Flight-Commander of a night flying squadron.  Captain Barnes leaves a widow and a son, who was born on the eve of his father's death.

 

From the above article we learn that Peter Earle Barnes was born on the eve of his father's death in the war.

 

~ 1937

Peter Earle Barnes has been in the Royal Air Force for a while now and on 27 July 1937 was granted commission as Acting Pilot Officer on probation.

From the London Gazette, 27 July 1937:

Page 4816

Air Ministry, 27th July, 1937.

Royal Air Force.
General Duties Branch.

The undermentioned are granted short service commissions as Acting Pilot Officers on probation with effect from and with seniority of 12th July 1937: -

Peter Earle BARNES.

 

~ 1938

Peter Earle Barnes was confirmed in his appointment and was promoted from Acting Pilot Officer to Pilot Officer in the R.A.F. on 18 May 1938.

From the London Gazette, 12 July 1938:

Page 4538

Air Ministry, 12th July, 1938.

Royal Air Force.
General Duties Branch.

The undermentioned Acting Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and graded as Pilot Officers on the dates stated: -

18th May 1938.

Peter Earle BARNES.

 

~ 1939

Peter E. Barnes married LESLEY BRIDGER  in the 3rd quarter (Jul-Aug-Sep) of 1939 in the Surrey North Eastern registration district of Surrey.

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Name:                               Peter E Barnes
Spouse's name:               Lesley Bridger
Date:                                 Jul-Aug-Sep 1939
Registration District:   Surrey North Eastern
County:                            Surrey
Vol.:                                  2a
Page No.:                         338

 

~ February 1940

Peter Earle Barnes was promoted from Pilot Officer to the rank of Flying Officer in the R.A.F. on 18 Feb 1940.

From the London Gazette, 12 March 1940:

Page 1474

The undermentioned Pilot Officers are promoted to the rank of Flying Officer on the dates stated: -

18th Feb. 1940.

Peter Earle BARNES (39926).

 

~ late 1940

Peter and Lesley Barnes probably had another child born in 1940.

According to the Birth index there was a girl born with the last name of Barnes and with a mother's maiden surname of Bridger in the 4th quarter (Oct-Nov-Dec) of 1940.

This occurred in the Marlborough registration district.  (the Birth index says the county of Dorset but Marlborough is in Wiltshire).

 

~ 1942

Peter Earle Barnes was promoted from Flight Lieutenant to temporary Squadron Leader in the R.A.F. on 1 June 1942.

From the London Gazette, 3 July 1942:

Page 2925

The undermentioned promotions are made with effect from 1st June 1942 -

Flt Lts to be Sqn Ldrs (temp)

P. E BARNES  (39926)

 

~ 1944

Peter and Leslie Barnes had a son born in 1944 at Hawick, Scotland.

From the magazine, The Aeroplane, Vol. 67, 1944:

Page 28 (snippet and very small view and difficult to read)

Personal Notices

Births

Barnes. - On [-date removed as the person may be still living-], at the Haig Nursing House, Hawick, to Lesley (nee Bridger), wife of Sqn. Ldr. P. E. Barnes, R. A. F. - a son.

 

~ December 1944

P. E. Barnes was mentioned listed as a Squadron Leader in the R.A.F. on 29 December 1944.

From the London Gazette, 29 December 1944:

page 64

Squadron leaders.

P. E. BARNES  (39926), R.A.F.O.

 

~ 1947 to 1950

Peter Earle Barnes was the master at the United Hunt for the seasons of 1947 to 1950.  They mainly used hounds.

The area of the hunt was situated in south west Shropshire and part of Montgomeryshire.  The kennels were at Trefed, Meifod, Montgomeryshire.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

Page 215-216

(star) UNITED

Distinctive Collar - None.  Evening Dress - Scarlet, green piping, white facings.

Kennels - Trefedrid, Meifod, Mont.

The country lies in S. W. Shropshire and part of Montgomeryshire.  It is hilly, but rideable, and there is some moorland.

Former Masters- …… Sq. Ldr. P. E. Barnes, 1947-50.

 

~ 1948 to 1949

Peter Earle Barnes was the Master at the Teme Valley Hunt for the season of 1948 to 1949.  They mainly used hounds.

The area of the hunt was situated in Radnorshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire.  The kennels were at Knighton, Radnorshire.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

Pages 206-207

(star) TEME VALLEY

Distinctive Collar - None.  Evening Dress - Red.  Red facings.  Hunt buttons.

Kennels - Knighton, Radnorshire.

The country is situated in Radnorshire, Shropshire and Herefordshire and covers an area of about 20 miles.

Former Masters - …. Sq.-Ldr. P. E. Barnes, 1948-49.

 

~ somewhere between 1948 and 1950

 

Peter Earle Barnes met MARY MONICA DAVIS  somewhere between 1948 and 1950 and they were living together as a married couple.

 

It is most likely Peter Earle Barnes left his wife previous wife and didn't want to be found.  It is not known if he was legally divorced from her.

This would explain why Peter (and later Mary Monica while she was with Peter) never had his phone number listed in the Phone Books of the period.

And when Mary Monica was living with Peter she had her last name changed from Davis to Barnes by deed poll.

 

It is unclear how they met.  Did Peter meet Monica in Gloucestershire when she was living in Cheltenham?  Or did they meet in Wales where Monica had relatives?  Or did they meet in Northamptonshire?

 

~ 1950

According to the birth certificate of their son, Peter Earle Barnes and Mary Monica Barnes were living at the Roake House in Brigstock, Northamptonshire in 1950.

Peter was listed as a Master of Fox Hounds and a Farmer.

 

~ 1950 to 1952

Peter Earle Barnes was the Master at the Woodland Pytchley Hunt for the seasons of 1950 to 1952.  They mainly used hounds.

The area of the hunt was situated in Northamptonshire and the area is about 20 miles North to South and about 18 miles West to East.  The kennels were at Brigstock, Northamptonshire.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

Pages 181-182

(star) WOODLAND PYTCHLEY

Distinctive Collar - White.  Evening Dress - Scarlet, collar and facings of white watered silk, Hunt buttons.

Kennels - Brigstock, Kettering.

The country, which lies in Northants, extends some 20 miles in greatest length N. to S. and about 18 in greatest breath E. to W.  On the N. it adjoins the Cottesmore and the Fernie; on the W. the Pytchley; on the S. the Pytchley and Oakley, and on the E. the Fitzwilliam.

Former Masters - …. S /Ldr. P. E. Barnes, 1950-52.

 

~ 1952

In 1952, Peter and Mary Monica Barnes moved from Northamptonshire to Wiltshire.

Peter Earle Barnes became the Master at the Wilton Hunt beginning in the season of 1952 in Salisbury, Wiltshire.  They mainly used hounds.

The area of the hunt was situated in Wiltshire, Hampshire, and Dorset, it extended 30 miles north to south and by 16 miles east to west.

The kennels were at Salisbury, Wiltshire.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

Page 227-228

(star) WILTON

Distinctive Collar - Plain.  Evening Dress - Red, white facings, dark blue collar.

Master and Huntsman - (1952) Sq./Ldr. P. E. Barnes, Manor Farm, Broad Chalke, Wilts.  T.N. - Broadchalke 230.

Kennels - Wilton, Salisbury.  T.N. - Wilton 3156.

Meet - Wednesday and Saturday.

The country, including the portions lent each year by year by the New Forest Hunt and the Portman, lies in Wilts, Hants, and Dorset; it extends about 30 miles N. to S. by 16 miles E. to W.

 

Peter E. Barnes was to be the master and huntsman for several years, possibly until 1957 or later ?

Peter and Monica Barnes made their home at the Manor Farm in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire.

 

~ 1952 to 1953

As mentioned above in the Wilton Hunt of Salisbury, Wiltshire that some areas of the Wilton Hunt is leased from the New Forest Hunt of Hampshire.

It is probably by this connection that Monica Barnes got her first chance to be a Master of a hunt.

Mrs. P. E. Barnes with Bryan L. Day were Masters of the New Forest Beagles in Hampshire for the season of 1952 to 1953.  They mainly used beagles.

From the book, Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953:

On page 345-346

New Forest Beagles

Uniform - Green coat and stockings, white breeches, black velvet cap.

Jt. Masters - (1952) Mrs. P. E. Barnes, Manor Farm, Broad Chalke, Wilts. T.N. - Broad Chalke 230; and B. L. Day, Esq., Rose Cottage, Hawkslease, Lyndhurst, Hants.  T. N. - Lyndhurst 168.

16 1/2 couples of hounds, 15 1/2-inch Stud Book Beagles.

Kennels - Bartley, Cadnam, Southampton.

Meet - Wednesday and Saturday.

The country is mainly moorland, though parts of the big woodlands are hunted, and outlying agricultural land by invitation.  A very rough country, that nearly always carries a scent when really wet.  Best centres: Lyndhurst, Brockenhurst and Burley, but any locality on or S. of the line Bournemouth-Salisbury-Romsey-Southampton is within easy range.

 

~ 1953

In 1953, the relationship between Peter and Mary Monica Barnes have fell apart.

Mary Monica Barnes married Robert English in 1953.  In the marriage certificate she listed herself as a 'widow'.

Peter E. Barnes as you will see below is of course still alive until 2002.

 

Click here: To go to the page about Monica English

 

~ 1953 to 1957

And starting in 1953, Peter E. Barnes faced financial problems with creditors as some bankruptcy proceedings against him was posted in the London Gazette in 1953 and lasted until 1957.

There were several entries in the London Gazette where Peter Earle Barnes was forced to go through bankruptcy by some creditors from 1953 to 1957.   But because they are similar to each other concerning the same case, I only below list one from 1953 and one for 1957.

At the time in 1953 and 1957 Peter E. Barnes was listed as a Huntsman of Wilton Hunt Kennels in Salisbury, Wiltshire and lately residing at Manor Farm in Broadchalke, Wiltshire.  And in the same time carrying on business at Marehay Farm in Ratlinghope, Shropshire.

 

From the London Gazette, 31 March 1953:

Page 1836

No. 579.  BARNES, Peter Earle, of Wilton Hunt Kennels, Salisbury, in the county of
Wilts, Huntsman, lately residing at Manor Farm, Broadchalke, in the county of Wilts, and formerly residing and carrying on business at Marehay Farm, Ratlinghope, in the county of Salop, as a FARMER.

Court - Salisbury.  Date of Filing Petetion - March 6, 1953.  No. of Matter - 2 of 1953.  Date of Receiving Order - March 26, 1953.  No. of Receiving Order - 1. Whether Debtor's or Creditor's Petition - Creditor's.  Act of Bankruptcy proved in Creditor's Petition - Section 1-1 (G.), Bankruptcy Act 1914.

 

From the London Gazette, 20 December 1957:

Page 7480

BARNES, Peter Earle, of Wilton Hunt Kennels, Salisbury, in the county of
Wilts, HUNTSMAN, lately residing at Manor Farm, Broadchalke, in the said county of Wilts, and formerly residing and carrying on business at Marehay Farm, Ratlinghope, in the county of Salop, as a FARMER.

Court - Salisbury. No. of Matter - 2 of 1953.  Amount per £ - 7s. 0 5/8d. First or Final, or otherwise - First and Final.  When Payable - 30th Dec., 1957.  Where Payable - Official Reciever's Office, 54, Endless Street, Salisbury, Wilts.

 

On February 2, 2012, I received a reply to my email to the current owners of Manor Farm in Broadchalke which is now a place to stay and dine.

It does show the toll of the bankruptcy proceedings was taking on Peter Earle Barnes.

From the email dated February 2, 2012:

Bill

Sorry for the delay in replying but I had to get some info from my mother who is better informed! 

My grandfather did buy Manor Farm in 1947, but at the time was living & working elsewhere.  During the period between 1947 to 1960ish the house was let out to various tenants.

My mother has only limited memories as she was in her teens at the time (and was probably not very interested!), however she let me know the following:

Peter Barnes was not a relation to us.

While he lived here his rent was paid by the Wilton hunt where he was Huntsman.

He left in a hurry (no memory of the reason).

He never had any money and he took the light bulbs when he left!!

Sorry not to provide much further info but that is all I've found out.

Regards     [ - for privacy the name withheld - ]

 

~ 1959

Peter Earle Barnes married GERALDINE G. POPE on March 10, 1959 at Ringwood, Hampshire.

 

From the newspaper, The Times, Thursday, March 12, 1959:

MARRIAGES

BARNES : POPE. - On March 10th, 1959, at Ringwood, Peter Earle Barnes to Geraldine Pope.

 

From the England & Wales, Marriage Index:

Name:                               Peter E Barnes
Spouse's Name:              Geraldine G. Pope
Date:                                 Jan-Feb-Mar 1959
Registration District:    Christchurch
County:                            Hampshire
Vol.:                                  6b
Page:                                 575

 

~ 2002

Peter Earle Barnes died at the age of 84 in 2002 in the registration district of Hereford, the death was registered in April 2002.

From the England & Wales, Death index:

Name:                                      Peter Earle Barnes
Birth Date:                             6 Nov 1917
Date of Registration:           Apr 2002
Age:                                         84
Registration District:          Hereford
County:                                  Herefordshire, Monmouthshire
Register number:                B33D
District and Subdistrict:    5161B
Entry number:                     103

 

 

 

Sources:

1.     1917 marriage of Eric E Barnes and Mabel Stonestreet.  England & Wales, Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date:  Jan-Feb-Mar 1917; Registration District:  Brentford; County:  Middlesex; Vol.:  3a; Page:  161.  Searched January 28, 2012 Saturday 12:49 PM.

2.     1917 Capt. E. Earle Barnes killed in action.  The Times, Thursday, Feb 28, 1918; pg. 1; Issue 41725; col A.  Online at The Times Digital Archives at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched on January 27, 2012 Friday 8:33 PM.

3.     1917 death of Captain E. Earle Barnes.  Online at Flight global/Archive at http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1918/1918%20-%200267.html.  Searched on January 28, 2012.

4.     1917 birth of Peter E Barnes.  England & Wales, birth Index: 1916-2005 online at Ancestry.com.  Mother's Maiden Surname: Stonestreet, Date: Oct-Nov-Dec 1917, Registration District: Brentford, County: Buckinghamshire, Volume: 3a, Page: 214.  Searched on October 26, 2011 Wednesday 2:43 PM.

5.     1937  Peter Earle Barnes mentioned as an Acting Pilot Officer.  The London Gazette Issue 34421 published on the 27 July 1937, Page 4816.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34421/pages/4816.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 12:49 PM.

6.     1938 Peter Earle Barnes mentioned as a Pilot Officer.  London Gazette Issue 34531 published on the 12 July 1938.  Page 4538.   Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34531/pages/4538.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 12:55 PM.

7.     1939 marriage of Peter E Barnes and Leslie Bridger.  England & Wales, Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date:  Jul-Aug-Sep 1939; Registration District:  Surrey North Eastern; County:  Surrey; Vol.:  2a; Page No.:  338.  Searched February 1, 2012 Wednesday 8:09 PM.

8.     1940  Peter Earle Barnes mentioned as Flying Officer.  The London Gazette Issue 34810 published on the 12 March 1940.  Page 1474.  http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/34810/pages/1474.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 1:03 PM.

9.     1940 birth of a daughter of Barnes and Bridger.  England & Wales, Birth Index online at Ancestry.com.  Name:  [-name removed as the person may still be living-]; Mother's Maiden Surname:  Bridger; Date:  Oct-Nov-Dec 1940; Registration District:  Marlborough; County:  Dorset; Volum:  5a, Page: 245.  Searched May 14, 2012 Monday 7:37 PM.

10.     1942  Peter Earle Barnes mentioned as Squadron Leader.  The London Gazette Issue 35618 published in the 3 July 1942.  Page 2925.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/35618/pages/2925.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 2:03 PM.

11.     1944  notice of birth of P. E. Barnes' son.  The Aeroplane, Volume 67, Page 28 snippet and small view.  Publisher Temple Press, 1944, Original from the University of Michigan, Digitized Oct 23, 2009.  Online at Google Books.  Searched on Wednesday, February 01, 2012, ‏‎8:14:33 PM.

12.     1944 P. E. Barnes mentioned as a Squadron Leader.  The London Gazette Issue 36866 published on the 29 December 1944.  Page 64.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/36866/supplements/64.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 2:00 PM.

13.     1947-1950  Sq. Ldr. P. E. Barnes master of the hunt for United.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 215-216.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered  on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

14.     1948-1949  Sq. Ldr. P. E. Barnes master of the hunt for Teme Valley.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 215-216.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered  on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

15.    1950 Peter and Monica Barnes living in Roake House, Brigstock, Northamptonshire mentioned in the birth certificate of their son.    Copy of the certificate from the General Register Office, PO Box 2, Southport, Merseyside, PR8 2JD, United Kingdom.  Received October 26, 2011 Wednesday Morning.

16.     1950-1952  S /Ldr. P. E. Barnes master of the hunt for Woodland Pytchley.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 215-216.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered  on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

17.     1952  Sq./Ldr. P. E. Barnes was the Master and Huntsman for the Wilton Hunt.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 227-228.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

18.     1952 to 1953  Mrs. P. E. Barnes  and B. L. Day were the Masters  of the New Forest Beagles.  Baily's Hunting Directory 1952-1953.  Pages 345-346.  Received my own copy of the book that I ordered on February 14, 2012 Tuesday.

19.     1953 Peter Earle Barnes mentioned in a Bankruptcy notice.  The London Gazette Issue 39814 published on the 31 March 1953.  Page 1836.  Online at http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/39814/pages/1836.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 1:28 PM.

20.     1957 Peter Earle Barnes mentioned in a Bankruptcy notice.  The London Gazette Issue 41259 published on the 20 December 1957.  Page 7480.  Online at  http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/41259/pages/7480.  Searched on October 27, 2011 Thursday 1:21 PM.

21.     1957 Peter Barnes mentioned in an email from the current owners of The Manor Farm, Broadchalke, Wiltshire.  The email from [ - name removed for privacy - ], a reply to my email dated January 25, 2012 Wednesday 10:57 PM , was received February 2, 2012 Thursday 9:18 AM.

22.     1959 marriage notice of Peter Earle Barnes and Geraldine Pope in the newspaper.  The Times, Thursday, Mar 12, 1959; pg. 1; Issue 54407; col A.  Online at The Times Digital Archives at http://infotrac.galegroup.com.  Searched on January 27, 2012 Friday 8:43 PM.

23.     1959 marriage of Peter E Barnes and Geraldine G. Pope.  England & Wales, Marriage Index online at Ancestry.com.  Date:  Jan-Feb-Mar 1959; Registration District: Christchurch; County:  Hampshire, Vol.:  6b, Page:  575.  Searched January 28, 2012 Saturday 12:55 PM.

24.     2002 death of Peter Earle Barnes.  England & Wales, Death Index online at Ancestry.com.  Birth Date:  6 Nov 1917, Date of Registration:  Apr 2002, Age:  84, Registration District:  Hereford, County: Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, Register number:  B33D, District and Subdistrict: 5161B, Entry number: 103.  Searched on October 26, 2011 Wednesday 2:49 PM.

 

 

 

First version dated November 12, 2011 Saturday 6:15 PM

Last updated June 10, 2012 Sunday 5:18 PM

 

 

 

Researched and Compiled by William Wallworth

 

 

 

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