Keith Athol BARKER


BARKER, Keith Athol

Service Number: NX14552
Enlisted: 3 September 1939, Paddington, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/18th Infantry Battalion
Born: Copmanhurst, New South Wales, 5 July 1919
Home Town: Grafton, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Killed in Action, Malaya, 15 February 1942, aged 22 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
(CWGC) Official Commemoration - Kranji War Memorial Location: Column 119.
Memorials: Australian War Memorial, Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

3 Sep 1939: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX14552, Paddington, New South Wales
15 Feb 1942: Involvement 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN NX14552, 2nd/18th Infantry Battalion, Malaya/Singapore

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...NX14552 Private Keith Athol Barker, 2/18 Battalion, of Copmanhurst, NSW. Pte Barker enlisted in May 1941. Throughout 1941 the 2/18th Battalion was training and preparing defensive positions, in Malaya and Singapore, against the increasing likelihood of invasion by Japanese forces. Singapore fell to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 and Pte Barker was listed as missing and presumed dead the same day. He was 21 years of age." - SOURCE (