Cecil Edward AWMM
Also known as
Tom Barnes AWMM
WWII 38289 AWMM
30 January 1907 AWMM AWMM
Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM 91 Beauchamp St., Karori, Wellington AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
WW2 Mrs. E.J. Barnes, 91 Beauchamp St., Karori (mother) AWMM
Medals and Awards
- Companion of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) AWMM
DSO: NZ Gazette, 1 February 1945 AWMM
- Military Cross (MC) AWMM
Citation: "In September 1942, Captain Barnes was one of a sabotage party recruited to destroy railway viaducts in Greece. On 30 September this group parachuted into Greece and joined up with local partisan groups. By November, a large group of locals had formed a plan to attack the local enemy garrison while Captain Barnes with his party destroyed the Gorgopotamos viaduct. On 25 November this plan was put into effect and despite charges having to be reset due to faulty information, the main pier was destroyed. Although enemy reinforcements had arrived and heavy firing was taking place, this officer placed further charges and destroyed a further span and pier. This attack had required the utmost in fortitude and physical endurance as the attacking party had to climb mountains of 5,000 feet and deep snow. The leadership of Captain Barnes helped to sustain these men during the 25 hours (including a 3 hour gun battle) it took to complete the attack and destruction of the viaduct. Unable to return to Egypt, Captain Barnes helped organise the local forces in their fight against the enemy. In the three or four weeks immediately prior to the Allied landings in Sicily in July 1943 maximum efforts were required in Greece in order to divert German troops attention. During this period, Captain Barnes personally supervised attacks on three bridges, each separated by most of a day's march in mountain country, in the course of five nights. In addition to leading and directing specific attacks, his special task was liaison officer with Colonel Zervas of the EDES guerrilla band. (The above is based on the account contained in 'New Zealand in the Second World War, Official History, "Special Service in Greece"' and other records of that period.)" AWMM
- 1939-1945 Star AWMM
- Africa Star AWMM
- Defence Medal AWMM
- War Medal 1939-1945 with oak leaf AWMM
- New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM
- Military Cross (MC) AWMM
20 April 1943 AWMM
The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Barnes, Cecil Edward. (Ref. WO 373/46/96). Military Cross. AWMM
POW liberation details
POW serial number
Before the war, Barnes worked and travelled extensively in Australia and in little explored parts of New Guinea.
Lt-Col C. E. Barnes, DSO, MC, m.i.d.; born NZ 30 Jan 1907; civil engineer; killed in accident, Aust., 22 Jun 1952. (Source: Cody, J.F. New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. p.187.) AWMM
Date of death
Age at death
Place of death
Cause of death
- Accidental Death AWMM
- Car accident. His liver was ruptured by the steering wheel impact. Public - Rosalind Anne - Child - 23 October 2017 - Medical records
He was not buried in a cemetery. 35 years ago my mother and I scattered his ashes into Spirits Bay. Public - Rosalind Anne - Child - 23 October 2017 - Personal involvement.
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Cecil Edward Barnes
On January 30th 2016 my father, Tom (Cecil Edward) Barnes, would have been 109. Last year a book Sabotage Diaries written by Katherine Barnes, was published. Copies can be bought from Whitcoulls or Paper Plus. Tom Barnes is the narrator of this book which also has heaps of information about other New Zealanders - that fought in Greece in WWII.
Also, another book by Alan Ogden called Sons of Odysseus SOE Heroes in Greece features Tom Barnes, Arthur Edmonds and other New Zealanders. This book was published in 2012.
I try to travel to Greece each year for the celebrations at Stromi and Gorgopotamos. I would be very interested in anyone who can give me information about Operation Harling or Operation Animals or any info about my father - especially if they knew him when he was in Greece. I am also very keen to hand on any information I may have to help others in their research.
Public - Rosalind Anne - Child - 29 January 2016
- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 5 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1941 to 30 September, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
- Cody, J.F. (1961). New Zealand Engineers, Middle East. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
pp.187, 189, 191, 330. AWMM
- Sons of Odysseus: SOE Heroes in Greece by Alan Ogden
The Sabotage Diaries by Katherine Barnes Public - Rosalind Anne - Child - 29 January 2016 - Family bookshelf
|29 January 2016||Rosalind Anne||Auckland, New Zealand||Child||
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