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William Hooper Barnard

William Hooper Barnard (aged 19 yrs)

William (Will) Hooper Barnard (b: 01 Dec 1902 in Wellington to parents Henry James and Helena Barnard; he d: 20 May 1979 in Callington, Cornwall, England; Crem: Ashes  scattered Waikumete Cem, Auckland near grave of brother Joseph William) His Time Line:

1926 - Will mar: 1 Jun 1926 to Brenda Helen Cooley (She was b: 28 Apr 1903 in Birmingham. England and d: 02 Apr 1994 in Wellington; Crem:  06 Apr 1994 Karori Cem.)

1931 Wellington Sth: electoral roll; living at 30 Avon St; clerk with wife Brenda

1936 Auckland Star, 16 Oct: DEFENCE LEAGUE. WELLINGTON:
With the view to establishing the New Zealand Defence League on a national basis, a provisional meeting of delegates from various branches already formed was held to-day, the Hon.W. Perry, M.L.C., presiding. The object of the meeting was to establish the league organisation on a thoroughly democratic and national basis throughout the Dominion with the headquarters in Wellington. Mr. Perry was appointed the provisional Dominion president, and each of the branches in the main four centres is to elect a vice-president. The provisional executive comprises the Hon. W. Perry and Messrs.W. H. Barnard,  E. E. Muir and A. E. Gorton, who is honorary secretary.
1938 Wellington Sth electoral roll; 7 Avon St, clerk with wife Brenda
16 Oct 1939: MORE ENLISTMENTS Additional Special Military Force recruits in the No. 5 Area (Wellington and Hutt Valley), are as follows:� Officers. Lieutenant C. L. ,W. Urquhart. Other Ranks. W. H. Barnard

1940 Wellington Central electoral roll; living at 63 Roxburgh St; William operated a garage in Wellington and when the Second World War started, he joined up.

William Hooper Barnard - 1940
13 Sep 1943: VOTING STARTS IN LONDON for the New Zealand General Election It began at New Zealand House this morning. The first voter was a member of the Merchant Navy, Fifth Engineer G. D. Lawrence, of Christchurch, who was in the Empire Cloud when she was torpedoed in the Mediterranean last August and is now in the Port Line. Next were Sister F. M. Brown, of Dunedin, and Staff-Sergeant W. H. Barnard, of Wellington, a cousin of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. Both arrived in London only last night with other members of the N.Z.E.F. on leave from the Middle East.

William separated from his wife and lived in Tintagel, Cornwall.

For some years he lived with Vera Emerton on a 10 acre block - she cared for him and helped restore his health. The farm although tiny, had sheep, pigs, grew wheat, reared geese, chickens etc. They took in summer guests who wanted a rural experience. Their home was a charming thatched  cottage on three floors, with neither a bathroom or proper kitchen and every room seemed to be on a different level. There was an outside toilet and water for ablutions was carried upstairs to jug and pitcher. The cooking was done on a primus - they were a very hard working pair.  His divorce eventuated and he and Vera married Dec 1954 before she died of cancer. 

After Vera's death William returned to Wellington abt 1972  where he visited relations and on his return to Cornwall he married 5th Feb 1972 to Patricia Marie Yeates. Their address was "Penglow", Rising Sun which was a tiny village near Callington, Harrowbarrow,  just off the A390 coming south-west from Tavistock. In 1974 William sustained a stoke and was 77 years at the time of his death in 1979.


He was described as a a retired farmer and was cremated at Efford, Plymouth Devon and his wife Patricia returned his ashes to New Zealand in 1986 and scattered them at Waikumete Soldiers Cemetery, Auckland near grave of brother Joseph William.

Their son:

Edwin John* Hooper Barnard (b: Wellington)  Mar: at St Hilda's Church, Island Bay, Wellington to Joyce Ethel Creswell (b: Wellington  to parents William Thomas Creswell and mother: Grace Woolston)

Edwin went to Wellington College and Canterbury University, graduatin BSc in geology from Vicoria and retired as a registered and chartered civil engineer. He worked for the public Works Dept, for Shell International in Holland, in Brunei, and for Shell BP and Todd Oil Services in New Plymouth as well as 4 yrs in California and San Francisco

Their children:

i Judith Lorraine Barnard b: Christchurch mar: Holy Trinity Church, New Plymouth to Elvin Milton Meyer b: in Bakersfield, California to Father: Gustoff Glen Meyer, Mother: Henrietta Olive Seibrasse) Their family:

a Natalie Claire Meyer b: New Plymouth Mar: in Las Vegas, Nevada to Jie Walsh b: Queensland Their son:

 Jack Meyer Walsh b: Cairns, Queensland

b Juliet Holly Meyer b: Lake Charles, L.A. USA

c Emily Joy Meyer b: Lake Charles, L.A. USA

ii David John Barnard b: Wellington Mar: Holy Trinity Church, New Plymouth to Susan Joy Russell b: New Plymouth  Her parents are Ian Stuart Russell and  Fay Deane nee Briggs. Their daughters are:

a Sara Lorraine Barnard b: Rockhampton, Queensland

b Nicola Kate Barnard b: Cairns, Queensland

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