Thomas Garside BARKER

BARKER, Thomas Garside

Service Number: 1406
Enlisted: 14 October 1914, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 13th Infantry Battalion
Born: Wallsend, New South Wales, Australia, 22 April 1894
Home Town: Abermain, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Natural causes, Bowen, Queensland, Australia, 16 November 1970, aged 76 years
Cemetery: Bowen General Cemetery, Qld
Memorials: Abermain War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

14 Oct 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1406, Sydney, New South Wales
22 Dec 1914: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1406, 13th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Dec 1914: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1406, 13th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ulysses, Melbourne
25 Apr 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1406, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
4 May 1915: Wounded AIF WW1, Private, SN 1406, 13th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli, GSW (face)
27 Nov 1916: Discharged AIF WW1, Private, SN 1406, 13th Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Stephen Brooks

Brother 2534 Pte. John Albert Barker, 35th Bn. Australian Inf. killed in action 7th June, 1917. 

Father: 1477 Pte James BARKER, 34th Battalion, killed in action, 20 July 1917.

Thomas Barker was wounded in action at Gallipoli 4th May 1915, (gun shot wound to the face and jaw)

The Medical Board who examined him in Australia after his return in October 1915, stated that he still suffered from the scar of the entry wound, which had passed across his jaw, knocking out teeth, fracturing his jaw and that the bullet was still lodged in his head. He still had difficulty eating and was recommended for discharge as medically unfit.

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