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James Edward BARKER

Regimental number1336
Place of birthHeathcote, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationCordial manufacturer
AddressHeathcote, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinMother, Mrs T Barker, Heathcote, Victoria
Enlistment date2 October 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 October 1914
Rank on enlistmentCorporal
Unit name14th Battalion, 1st Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A35 Berrima on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll14th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Unspecified


Recommendation date: 7 February 1918

Military Medal


Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 24 September 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at VAIRE WOOD, south eat of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. Shortly after the hop off a shell burst killing the Platoon Sergeant and cutting off the rear party consisting of 2 Vickers guns and alight trench mortar. The platoon was detailed to establish and garrison a special strong point. Corporal BARKER re-organised this rear party and carried it through to the allotted position where he rejoined his Battalion. On his way over a fortified shell hole opposed them but this he at once charged taking 6 prisoners and killing the remainder. His courage and example added to his prompt grasp of the situation were a vital factor in the establishment of the essential strong points.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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