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Regimental number165
ReligionChurch of England
AddressKellett Street, Northcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation33
Height5' 8.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs V Barker, Kellett Street, Northcote, Victoria
Previous military service2 year Junior Cadets
Enlistment date17 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll17 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name6th Battalion, B Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/23/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A20 Hororata on 19 October 1914
Regimental number from Nominal RollCommissioned
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "Undated"

Military Medal

Recommendation date: "12-13 June 1916"

FateReturned to Australia

Military Medal

'Near Le Bridoux night 12/13 June. Corporal Barker is also one of the original Battalion. He took the telephone and wire across to the enemy parapet and at once had communication established with H.Q. in our line. He behaved marvellously coolly when quite a lot of splinters were flying round, forced his way through the barbed wire getting cut rather badly while doing so. He kept communication going throughout and remained on the enemy parapet until everyone had left when he contonued to pass messages until he was certain the messages had been received,'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 176
Date: 30 November 1916

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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