John Arthur Harry Barnes enlisted as a boy soldier into The King's Regiment at Liverpool in October 1936 and served in Gibraltar.
He volunteered for airborne forces in October 1942 and qualified as a military parachutist on course 35, which ran at RAF Ringway from 29 October to 7 November 1942.
Pte Barnes was posted to the 2nd Parachute Battalion as a reinforcement in North Africa during Operation Torch. He was wounded in March 1943.
In April 1944 he transferred to The Hampshire Regiment and two months later transferred to The Norfolk Regiment.
He served in India before demobilisation in 1948.