Lot Sydney Forbes (Syd) BARKER

BARKER, Lot Sydney Forbes

Service Number: 33251
Enlisted: 8 November 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Gunner
Last Unit: Field Artillery Brigades
Born: Forbes, Victoria, 4 December 1892
Home Town: Redesdale, Greater Bendigo, Victoria
Schooling: The Working Man's College (R.M.I.T.)
Occupation: Engineer
Died: War Service Related (gas), Montrose, Victoria, 12 December 1947, aged 55 years
Cemetery: Springvale Garden of Remembrance & Crematorium, Victoria
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World War 1 Service

8 Nov 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
11 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 33251, Field Artillery Brigades
11 May 1917: Embarked AIF WW1, Gunner, SN 33251, Field Artillery Brigades, HMAT Shropshire, Melbourne
22 Apr 1919: Discharged AIF WW1

Recollections of my Father

My recollections of my father, Lot Sydney Forbes Barker, commonly known as Syd, by Lee Sydney Barker:

Dad died when I was eighteen and in my first year of an engineering degree. We were great friends. He had left school at the age of fourteen or younger, was an apprentice and attended night school at the Working Man's College (now RMIT) for some years when he was young. He had a wide variety of interests - music, gardening, history and literature - in addition to his great interest in all things relating to engineering.

My memories include Dad playing the violin and our harmonium - the apple of his eye - but not realising he was self-taught, and that his interest in and knowledge of music in the light of his background was quite extraordinary.

My father died in 1947. His death certificate says the cause of death was cerebral haemorrhage, arteriosclerosis and pyonephrosis. He had been in poor health for several years, originally from the aftermath of the gas attack in France in 1918, the long-term effects of which had him in hospital in the early 1930s.

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British War Medal,  and   Victory Medal (not eligible for 1914/15 Star - did not enlist until 08 Nov 1916)


"BARKER.— On December 12 (suddenly), at Stradbroke road, Montrose, Sydney Barker, loved husband of Margaret, and father of Lee, aged 55 years.

BARKER.— A tribute to the memory of our late employer, L. S. Barker. (Inserted by employees, Willis street, North Melbourne.)" - from the Melbourne Argus 13 Dec 1947 (nla.gov.au)