David Crothers BARKER

BARKER, David Crothers

Service Number: 2965
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 5th Field Ambulance
Born: Kaniva, Vic., 2 February 1888
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Artisit
Died: Cremorne, NSW, 6 May 1946, aged 58 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Not yet discovered
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World War 1 Service

31 May 1915: Involvement Private, SN 2965, 5th Field Ambulance
31 May 1915: Embarked Private, SN 2965, 5th Field Ambulance, HMAT Ajana, Sydney

The Anzac Book

Whilst completing IET's in Singleton, I visited my cousin who was living with my nan. He had a troubled upbringing and I explained that he is perfectly suited to the Army. As everything we did in training he would have enjoy immensely.
My Nan then adds 'the Army has always been good to my family'.
I replied 'no that's pops family Nan', (as my grandfathers brother WO1 Raymon Wilson was the platoon sergeant for 1 Platoon 1SAS COY. He helped write all the training manuals at the inception of the Australian SAS, as the Brits wouldn't release theirs. He went on to be the acting RSM prior to the SAS becoming a regiment in 1964. They were on a training exercise in NSW and he was called into Vic Barracks. Where he was told by greater Army, he could not be promoted from Sargeant to WO1 and subsequently he was not to be the first RSM of SASR. My pops father was a 47 year old mechanic in WW11, winning the MM in New Guinea).
She then added 'what are you talking about? My father was in the Army and my grandfather was in Gallipoli, so was his brother!'
She then went to her room and grabbed an original copy of The Anzac Book and says 'see that's my great uncles self portrait on the front!'
Inside the book was a message written to my Great Great Grandmother Mary Barker from James Barker. His brother David Barker was an artist and had been sent to Gallipoli from Mesopotamia by TE Lawrence to instruct on camouflage techniques. It was amazing to learn of this 100 years later, as I am a sniper and have instructed cam and concealment many times myself. During the Gallipoli campaign the call went out that they were to compile a book and asked for submissions. David Barker worked closely with Charles Bean to construct The Anzac Book,he has a number of his drawings in it and has a self portrait of himself on the front cover.
Gee I wish the ballot to attend the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing had not been a lottery. As I would have loved to have attended!

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