John Barker M.C. Worcs Regt

1895 Nov 9. . Born Barrowby, Lincs

1901 census at Dunsby Lincs (As in MIC)

1911 census He is a boarder at Kings School , Grantham

He then spent 1 year at Worksop College (served in Officer Training Corp (OTC) and 1 year at Brighton College (served in OTC) . Mr Dawson, Head of Worksop College was transferred or promoted to Brighton College and several of the boys including John and his elder brother Thomas William transferred with the Head.

1915 He was in Inns of Court O.T.C.

1915 Feb 5. Joined Territorial Force (no 2860) 5-2-1915 as private.

1915 Feb 22 Commissioned Temp 2/Lt, Worcestershire Regiment. Training in Dorset

1916 Mar 3. Transferred to Machine Gun Corp

1916 Jun 26 Lands in France

1916 Jul 18. Arrived in 107 Company from the Base Depot at Camiers (south-west of Boulogne, and near to Etaples) - In fact the 107 MGC War Diaries related that he reported for duty on 12 July but also reported sick and was sent to hospital. On the 18 July he again reports for duty.]

1916 Sep 1. Promoted Lt.

1917 May 11. MC Gazetted . Temp. Lt. John Barker, Mach. Gun Co. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He displayed great courage and determination throughout the operations, and assisted in rescuing several men who had been buried. He set a fine example to his men.

1918 Mar 21. He was taken Prisoner-of-war on the opening day of the massive German Spring Offensive.  The Ulster Division was in the front line of the British defences of the 5th Army, almost opposite St Quentin (in German hands) and with the Somme Canal on their left. The duty of the machine gun Battalions was to sacrifice themselves in holding on to strongpoints, allowing the infantry and artillery to withdraw to prepared secondary defences some distance in the rear. Eight officers of the Battalion were posted "missing" at the end of the day, one of whom was J Barker.

1918 Dec 14 He was repatriated

1919 Mar 23. Released by Army

1919-24 living at 13 The Avenues, Earlsfield Garden.

1919 Sep. Married in Basford, Nottinghamshire to May Rigby

1920 May 1. First son: Thomas Roy born at Dunsby, Lincolnshire. Occupation of father stated as a cash accountant.

1920 Aug 31. Joined ADRIC with Service no 432. Posted K Coy (based at Moore's Hotel, Cork City)

1921 Jan 05 . Wounded . Leave granted on medical grounds 26.2.1921 - 27.5.1921.  


1921 Mar 26 Posted to Depot

1921 Jun 4. Discharged Medically unfit due to his service in RIC. Gets an RIC pension

1921 Dec 21 Relinquishes his commission. MGC. Temp. Lts., and retain the rank of Lt.: — J. Barker, M.C.

1922 Aug 20. Reserve of officers. Machine Gun Corps.— Lt. J. Barker, M.C., late M.G. Corps, to be Lt. 20th Aug. 1922, with seniority 29th Jan. 1920

1924 Mar 25. Worc. R.—Lt. J. Barker, M.C., from Res. of Off., Machine Gun, to be Lt. with seniority 29th Jan. 1920

1925 Jan 29. Daughter: Betty Jane born at The Rectory, Hagworthingham, Lincolnshire. Occupation of father stated as a constructional engineer.

1932 Aug 2. 2 Advises Army he is living at The Cottage, Birchanger, Bishop’s Stortford. Here he lived with his sister, her husband GB Harrison and their family.

Trained as a steeple-jack - From notes by Dorothy Harrison (his sister).

1936 Jul. Advises Army he is living at Hazelford, Crofton Road, Orpington. Employed by Kent County Council as Building Inspector for North West Kent.

1939 Register Living at Hazelford Madaholme Crofton Road , Orpington U.D., Kent. He is a Building Inspector with Kent CC. Living alone

1940 Jan recalled to Army

1940 Feb A/Q.C. (Quartering Commandant) Oxford

1940 Feb 20 Joined Infantry Training Centre, Worcestershire Regiment

1940 May 15. Transferred to staff duties no 4 area with Worcestershire Regiment. His son by his first marriage Thomas Roy was killed in a bomber on 13 May 1940 trying to stop the German advance through the Ardennes.

1940 Sep 21. Acting Captain and temporary Captain 1 January 1941. During WWII he spent most of his service as a Quartering Officer in various parts of the UK. Postings included Bucks, East Central, Cambridge, South Staffs, North Essex

Early 1940s - Divorced May Barker (née Rigby) on grounds of her adultery with a Canadian Officer.

1944 Jan 29 . Married Kate Peacock at Holborn, London

1946 Nov 12. Worc. R. Lt. J. BARKER, M.C. (59885), having exceeded the age limit of liability to recall, relinquishes, his commn., and is granted the hon. rank of Capt.

1946 Jul . His army file mentions he was given early release as he was required by the local authority for the house building programme.

1962/63 Moved to Alton, Hampshire to be near his brother who had retired there from Brize Norton.

1965 May 23. Died Alton, Hants