Charles BARKER


BARKER, Charles

Service Number: 821
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England, 1885
Home Town: Mosman, Municipality of Mosman, New South Wales
Schooling: People's College, Nottingham, England
Occupation: Costing Clerk
Died: Killed in Action, Gallipoli, 22 August 1915
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Commemorated on the LONE PINE MEMORIAL at Panel 60.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing
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World War 1 Service

25 Jun 1915: Involvement Private, SN 821, 18th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli
25 Jun 1915: Embarked Private, SN 821, 18th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ceramic, Sydney
22 Aug 1915: Involvement Corporal, SN 821, 18th Infantry Battalion, 'ANZAC' / Gallipoli

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Biography contributed by Geoffrey Gillon

Charles Barker was the son of William James Barker, a commercial traveller and Mary Ann Barker née Bamford of 291 Radford Boulevard, Nottingham.

The date of death 1 January 1885 in is in doubt-the only birth of a Charles Barker in Nottinghamshire was not recorded until the fourth quarter of 1885

Births Dec 1885  Barker Charles Nottingham 7b 320

His father was born in 1854 in Nottingham and his mother was born in 1857, also in Nottingham. They were married in 1876  in the Radford Registration district.  They  had the following children all born in Nottingham:

Margaret Ada b 1881,

Charles b 1885,

Thomas b 1887,

William b1891

Hilda b1894.

Charles's father William James died in Nottingham in 1893 aged 39.

In the 1911 census the family are living at 291 Radford Boulevard, Nottingham and are shown as Mary Ann Barker 54 years, a widow and housekeeper. She is living with her children , Margaret Ada 30 years a newsagent, Thomas 24 years a chair maker and Hilda 17 years a typist.

Age on arrival in Australia-25

Enlistment date-20 February 1915
Place of enlistment-Liverpool, New South Wales

Age at embarkation-29

A comrade serving in the same company, Pte. Stanley Tuckwell, saw him die. “I was in the same Company “C” 18th Battalion and in the same tent as Private Charles Barker, No. 821 “C” Company, 18th Battalion. We were in the same charge on 22 August, 1915 at Hill 60 and both fell together and I fell just beside him not three yards away. I asked him where he was hit and he said, “I am just about beat and am hit all over.” They played the Machine gun across again and he bid me good bye and then he gave a slight struggle and lay still and I am perfectly satisfied that he died then.”