Oliver Albert Mortimer (Bert) BARKER


BARKER, Oliver Albert Mortimer

Service Number: 187
Enlisted: 14 August 1914, Morphettville
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 10th Infantry Battalion
Born: East Terrace, Adelaide, South Australia, 25 November 1894
Home Town: Payneham, Norwood Payneham St Peters, South Australia
Schooling: Marryatville State School, South Australia
Occupation: Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, France, 25 July 1916, aged 21 years
Cemetery: Pozières British Cemetery
Pozieres British Cemetery Ovillers-La Boisselle, Pozieres, Picardie, France, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Grenfell Great War Memorial, Norwood Baptist Church WW1 Honour Rolls, Norwood War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Morphettville
20 Oct 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 187, 10th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières
20 Oct 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 187, 10th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Adelaide


Mr. and Mrs. T .W. Barker of Grenfell street, Kent Town (formerly of Wellington Road, Payneham) have received news that their eldest son, Lce. Cpl. O.A.M. Barker, who was previously reported missing was killed in action between July 23 and 26 last. He went into camp at Morphettville on August 19, 1914, and left with the first contingent on October 20, 1914. He was one of the 10th Battalion, and took part in the famous landing at Gallipoli, where he remained for seven and a half months. He was then drafted to France in January, 1916, and served there until his death. Prior to enlisting, Lce. Cpl. Barker was employed by Messrs. D. and J. Fowler, Limited of King William street, for a number of years. He was a member of the Norwood Baptist Church and Bible Class. At the time of enlisting he was only 19 years of age, and was highly respected by all who knew him. His brother Harry is serving with the Australian Navy.

Observer 05 May 1917

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Son of Thomas William BARKER and Elizabeth May Gooding nee MOSEDALE

Served in the Cadets (Compulsory Military Training scheme); and as No. 119 Lance Corporal in the 79th (Torrens) Infantry Regiment, SA.

 Oliver Barker enlisted in August 1914 making him an ealry recruit to the war. He served on Anzac from August 8th until the evacuation. With the 10th battalion he moved to France and fought in the major action at Pozieres. According to Red Cross records Barker and three others were "blown to pieces by a large German shell after leaving their sap." 

His name is recorded on the Norwood Baptist Church Honour board.

Brother (sole): served with RAN. Cousins: 3 served with AIF - 1 killed, 1 returned well, 1 returned blind.