Joseph William Barnard
Remembering former BNZers who fought in WW1 and WW2, some of whom never returned home.
Joseph started working for BNZ in 1908 and is recorded as working as a junior in Eltham branch. Joseph was working as a teller in Greytown in 1913.
Joseph served in the first world war from 1915 - 1918 and held the ranks of Private, Sergeant and Company Quarter Master. He served and trained in New Zealand, Egypt, Greece, England and Western Europe.
Joseph was wounded in action in 1918 and was discharged on 8 November 1918 after serving 3 years and 204 days.
Joseph returned to BNZ after the war and in 1923 is recorded as being the provisional accountant at Carterton and in 1935 an accountant in Greytown.
Joseph answered the call again in 1940 when he served in the second world war, serving overseas from 1942-1945. He was discharged on the 18 July 1945 after serving 5 years and 34 days.
Joseph was one of six brothers who enlisted for WW1 from the same family. Only four returned home.