John James Barratt (1896–1961)


North Staffordshire Regiment
44162 & 23283
4th & 8th Battalions
Royal Sussex Regiment G/15153 2nd, 9th & 11th Battalions

Photos courtesy Stella Allen (with thanks to Tracey Allen)

Photo of Johan James Barratt

Born and raised at Fritchley in November 1896, known as Jack, his parents were John Fidler Barratt and Mahala (née Wragg). Before the war he worked as a wood-turner before becoming a gardener. He married Millicent Wright in December qtr 1918 (Belper reg district). He served in France, though, in Nov 1917, he was discharged through sickness, suffering with the post-combat disorder known as ‘disordered action of the heart’. He married in 1918 and had two daughters. The family lived at Fritchley and later moved to Dimple Lane, Crich.

Medal Index Card
He was awarded the Victory and British War medals.

John Barratt's WW1 medals

John Barrat's WW1 spoon

The spoon matches his regiment when he was in the 4th Battalion NS
The number matches that when he was in the 8th Battalion NS

Army Service Record
John James Barratt, of Hill Top, Fritchley, aged 19 years 1 month attested on 10 Dec 1915 at Derby. He was a gardener and single. His height was 5ft 4½ and the next-of-kin was given as John Barratt of Hill Top Fritchley.
Home 26/1/16 to 26/8/16
France 27/8/16 to 12/10/16
Transferred to Royal Sussex Regt. 6/9/16
Home 13/10/16 to 22/4/17
BEF 23/4/17 to 11/8/17
Home 12/8/17 to 18/11/17
Discharged under para 292 (xvi) KR 16/11/17 with a weekly pension of 27/6 for 13 weeks then 22/- .

There was a note on his record: Not to be compulsory posted for service under the Military Service (Review of Exceptions ) Act of 1917. The discharge of the above named man is hereby approved, Hounslow 29/10/17.
His disability was recorded as D.A.H. which was was a post-combat disorder called Disordered Action of the Heart.

Silver War Badge
Awarded the Silver War Badge and King's Certificate 275964 on 23 November 1917.


1901: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Barratt Head 35 Lime burner Fritchley
Mealar Barratt wife 34   Crich
Emma M Barratt daughter 15 Machine minder, cotton Fritchley
Beatrice Barratt daughter 8   Frtitchley
John Jas Barratt son 4   Fritchley
Wilfred Barratt son 2   Fritchley

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1911: Fritchley

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Barratt Head 45 General labourer Fritchley
Mailer Barratt wife 44   Crich
Beatrice Barratt daughter 18 Hosiery machinist Fritchley
John Barratt son 14 Wood turner Fritchley
Wilfred Barratt son 11   Fritchley
Harold Barratt son 4   Fritchley

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1939 Register: 1 Dimple Villas, Crich
John James Barratt b.16 November 1896; Lime worker
Millicent Walker (Barratt) b.20 August 1890; housekeeper
Lewis Henry Griffith b.24 May 1857; Headmaster retired (widowed)
Two closed records