BARKER, Thomas Christopher

Rank: Private

Year of death: 1917

Date of birth: 1879

Date of death: 4/8/1917

Place of death:

Service number: 241687

Regiment: 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment


Cemetery location: Section K

Where remembered?:
Buried in Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux.
He was a Freemason and is remembered on both the national and local Masonic Rolls of Honour.

Biographical Information

Thomas was born in Whitby, son of Christopher and Maria Dixon Barker who later moved to 129 North Marine Road, Scarborough. Thomas was employed as an architect and surveyor, while his father, mother and two sisters all helped in the family business running a lodging house.
Thomas was the Conservative Councillor for the North Ward of Scarborough, having been elected in 1912, and his Commonwealth War Grave bears the legend “Scarborough Councillor”
He joined the Yorkshire Regiment in March 1915 and went to France in July 1916. He was wounded in the September but not being of robust physique felt the rigours of active service badly, and had two periods of sick leave.
Councillor Barker died on 4th August 1917 aged 38 and the newspaper report of his death states that he was accidentally killed. At the time of his death the battalion were in the line between Gavrelle and the chemical works at Roeux close to Greenland Hill.

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