Neil Douglas BARKER

BARKER, Neil Douglas

Service Number: 210018
Enlisted: 25 September 1939
Last Rank: Flight Sergeant
Last Unit: No. 35 Squadron (RAAF) - WW2
Born: Broome, Western Australia, Australia, 12 March 1914
Home Town: Perth, Western Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Carpenter
Died: Shoalwater Bay, Western Australia, Australia, 8 March 1997, aged 82 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Karrakatta Cemetery & Crematorium, Western Australia
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World War 2 Service

25 Sep 1939: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 210018, No. 35 Squadron (RAAF) - WW2
22 Aug 1945: Discharged Royal Australian Air Force, Flight Sergeant, 210018, No. 35 Squadron (RAAF) - WW2

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Biography contributed by Chris Buckley

Neil was the youngest of four children of Walter Henry Barker (born 1871 in Burrowa, NSW) and Florence Gibb (born 1876 in Gordon near Ballarat, Victoria). Walter and Florence married in Leonora, WA in 1901 where Walter was a Journalist. When Neil was born in 1914, the family was living in Broome, WA where Walter was a Journalist, a JP and had established the North West Echo. Neil was eleven years of age when his father died in 1925 in Broome WA.

In 1936 Neil was living in Subiaco in Perth Wa and working as a Carpenter when he met Linda Olive Clarke, a Dressmaker (born 1913 in Perth WA). They married in December 1937 in perth, WA.

Neil and Linda were living in Wembley Park in Perth where Neil was working as a Carpenter when he enlisted at Pearce, WA in the RAAF in September 1939. He served as a Flight Sergeant (Service No: 210018) with 35 Squadron and was Discharged in August 1945.

Neil's eldest brother - Keith Walter Colin Barker, a Journalist and Printer - served in the ACMF as a Private (Service No: W76867) with 16 Battalion Volunteer Defence Corps. Older brother - Jack Malcolm Barker, a Miner - served with the RAAF as an Aircraftman 1 (Service No: 16999) with No 1 Engineering School Ascot Vale.

Neil and  Linda moved to Roleystone where Neil was an Orchardist, and in 1960 they moved to Cannington where Neil resumed work as a Carpenter. They then moved to Shoalwater Bay in Rockingham, WA where Neil worked as a Carpenter until he retired. Neil died in 1997 and Linda in 2004.