Portrait of Arthur Barnes

Name: Arthur Barnes

Burial Number: 1659

Gender: Male

Occupation: Army Captain, Town Councillor

Born: 09/5/1867

Died: 03/05/1937

Buried: 05/05/1937


Arthur Alison Stuart Barnes was born in Kashmir, Bengal, on 9th July 1867, his father was Captain Edward Robert Bigsbury Barnes, 33yrs, 35th Foot Regiment and Georgina Eliza, 34yrs, nee Hunter.He was baptised on 12th August 1867 at Bahimirishi.

In 1871 he was living at the Regiment’s Barracks in Bradford, Yorkshire, aged 3yrs, and in 1881 was a boarder at school in Cranleigh, Surrey. He joined the Wiltshire Regiment in 1886 and served in India and Burma until 1895. In the China War of 1900, he was mentioned in despatches and received the China medal with clasp for the relief of Peking.

In 1905/6 he was the emigration agent for the Transvaal government supervising the recruitment of Chinese labour for the Rand and living in Northern China.

On 4th March 1905, Arthur, 37yrs, married Marguerite Antoinette Weatherston, 27yrs, at St. Andrew’s Church, Chefoo, N. China. In February the following year, their son, Robert, was born, but Marguerite sadly died in childbirth. Arthur married again on the 29th May 1909 in Shanghai, his wife was a 35yr. old widow, Jeannie Prentice Cooper, nee Law.

Arthur retired from the army with the rank of Major and settled on the Isle of Wight where he worked for the Shanklin Urban District Council. Shortly after 1921 Arthur and Jeannie moved to Worthing, living at 20, Winchester Road, in a property they named Yangtse Lodge.

Arthur was elected to the Town Council in 1929 and was the representative for the Heene Ward. He was a kindly, popular, and genial man, whose sudden death at the age of 69yrs, was a great loss to Worthing.

He died on 3rd May 1937 at Amatola Nursing Home, Shakespeare Road, probate was granted to his widow, Jeannie Prentice Barnes, and George Arthur Whitfield, solicitor, effects, £2268 19s 11d. Value 2022 – £171,700.

Researcher: Sue Standing

The Grave

Photograph of headstone for Arthur Barnes

Location in Cemetery

Area: EB Row: 3 Plot: 53

Exact Location (what3words): loving.crush.grab

Ashes or Urn: Unknown



No description of the headstone has been added.


In loving memory of my dearly beloved husband Arthur Alison Stuart Barnes, Major, late Wiltshire Regiment 3rd May 1937 in his 70th year. Also of his cherished and devoted wife Jeannie Prentice died 1 Oct 52 in her 79th Year "Until the day dawn"

Further Information


Name: Arthur Alison Stuart Barnes

Gender: Male

Born: 09/5/1867

Town: Unknown

County: Unknown

Country: India


Maiden Name: Not applicable

Marriage Date: 04/03/1905

Spouse First Name: Marguerite

Spouse Second Name: Antoinette

Spouse Last Name: Wetherston

Town of Marriage: Chefoo

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: China

Marriage Date: 29/05/1909

Spouse First Name: Jeannie

Spouse Second Name: Prentice

Spouse Last Name: Cooper

Town of Marriage: Shanghai

County of Marriage: Unknown

Country of Marriage: China

Information at Death

Date of Death: 03/05/1937

Cause of death: Unknown

Address line 1: Yangtse Lodge

Address line 3: Winchester Road

Town: Worthing

County: Sussex

Country: England


  Worthing Gazette Friday 5th May 1937.

 Another Loss to Town Council – Death of Major A.A.S. Barnes – Passing of a genial figure.

It is with deep regret that we announce this week the death of Major Arthur Alison Stuart Barnes, at his home, Yangtse Lodge, Winchester Road, Worthing, on Monday.

Major Barnes, who was 69, was a representative of the Heene Ward on Worthing Town Council, and it is not too much to say that his kindly and cheerful nature had endeared him to all with whom he came in contact. Up until about a fortnight ago he was apparently in normal health, and the news of his death came as a profound shock to his many friends, most of whom were unaware that he was ill.

Major Barnes came to Worthing from the Isle of Wight, where he had done useful public work on Shanklin Urban District Council, some ten years ago. He was first elected to the Town Council in 1929, and for some time was Chairman of the Fire Brigade, Licensing and Parking Places Committee of the Town Council – a position in which he was largely responsible for getting the Borough Fire Brigade equipped with the up-to-date appliances that it now possesses. This year he was Chairman of the Public Health Committee.

Among the discerning, he was always a welcome speaker at Council meetings, and his happy knack of introducing genial witticisms at the right moment did much to brighten many discussions.

Personal Effects

Money left to others: £2268 9 s 11 d

Current value of effects: £171700

Census Information


Living at 35th Regimental Barracks, Bradford, Yorkshire. E.R.B. Barnes, 36yrs, Capt. 35th Regiment, son, Arthur, 3yrs.


Pupil at Independent Boarding School, in Cranleigh, Surrey.


Living at 3, Claremont Grove, Littleham, Exmouth, Devon. Mary A. Penny, widow, Hd. 49yrs, living on own means, 2 daughters, Mary B. 27yrs, Janet, 26yrs, cousins, Georgiana Barnes, widow, 57yrs, living on own means, and Arthur A.S. Barnes, 23yrs, Lieutenant, Wiltshire Regiment.


Living at Tangtse Lodge, Steephill Road, Shanklin, Hampshire.

Arthur A S Barnes
Male 1867 53 Kashmir, India Major, Regular Army (Retired)
Jeamie P Barnes
Female 1874 47 Shanghai, China Home Duties
Annie Fisher
Female 1901 19 Bordon, Hampshire General Domestic Servant

Miscellaneous Information

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