Service Number: 1477
Enlisted: 4 January 1916, West Maitland, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 34th Infantry Battalion
Born: Byers Green, Durham, England, January 1863
Home Town: Abermain, Cessnock, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Miner
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 20 July 1917
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flanders, Belgium
Memorials: Abermain War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Cessnock Abermain Comforts Fund Pictorial Honour Roll, Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient)
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World War 1 Service

4 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, SN 1477, West Maitland, New South Wales
2 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1477, 34th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
2 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 1477, 34th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Hororata, Sydney
20 Jul 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 1477, 34th Infantry Battalion, Warneton

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Biography contributed by Peter Rankin

James was 54 years 6 months old, at time of death.  

His son 2534 Pte. John Albert Barker (/explore/people/302418) of the 35th Batt. was killed in action on 07 Jun 1917, aged 17 years 6 months.   

His three other sons survived;

1406 Pte. Thomas Garside Barker (/explore/people/257753) of the 13th Batt. was wounded in action at Gallipoli on 02 May 1915, GSW to the face and invalided back to Australia

1503 Pte. Lambert Manfred Barker (/explore/people/272268) of the 17th Batt. who was wounded in action at Gallipoli, (mild shrapnel wound to the hand), and served throughout the rest of the war

375 Pte. Job Barker (/explore/people/100578) of the 35th Batt. saw service at the front, but compassionately discharged following the death of his father and his brother John, to care for his widowed mother.