George Arthur Barnes

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George Arthur Barnes
Born (1883-07-19)19 July 1883
Hoxton, London, England
Died 1 February 1919(1919-02-01) (aged 35)
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Pilot
Known for Motorcyclist and pioneer aviator

George Arthur Barnes (1883 — 1919) was an English racing motorcyclist and a pioneer aviator.

Early life[edit]

Barnes was born at Hoxton, London on 19 July 1883. He attended school at North House School Crawley.


His first pedal cycle race in Southend was over Easter weekend in April 1901. He earned the 1 mile tandem cycle record at Crystal Palace on 8 October 1901. He also earned the one hour and 50 miles records at Crystal Palace on 19 June 1902.


Between 1904 and 1905, Barnes was in a partnership with George Wilton, manufacturing and selling motorcycles as George A. Barnes & Co.; the partnership was dissolved on 17 August 1905.[1]


On 21 June 1910, Barnes flew a Humber monoplane at Brooklands to gain the Royal Aero Club's Aviator's Certificate No. 16,[2] although he was already employed by the Humber company as a pilot.[3] In the 1911 Census of Lewisham, he described himself as an aviator living at the Crown and Anchor in Lewisham with his widowed mother.[4]

He died of Pneumonia on 1 February 1919 at Paddington, London.


  1. ^ "Partnerships Dissolved". News. The Times (37793). London. 23 August 1905. col D, p. 9. 
  2. ^ Flight. II (26): 490. 25 June 1910  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Flight: 405–406. 28 May 1910  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ 1911 Census of Lewisham, RG14/2754, RG78PN95 RD29 SD3 ED5 SN87, George Arthur Barnes, Crown and Anchor 34 Algernon Road Lewisham SE.