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Private Albert John BARKER, L/9179, 2nd  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  died, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 24th September 1916.

Born Fleet, Hampshire, son of Thomas & Lucy Barker, Burges Cottages, Penshurst, Kent / Long Sutton House, Winchfield, Hampshire.

Brothers - William Barker, Penshurst; Harry Barker, Hadlow; Robert Barker, Long Sutton, Hampshire; Sisters - Mrs Annie Selsey?, Long Sutton, Hampshire; Mary Barker, Long Sutton, Hampshire; Edith Barker, Tunbridge Wells.

Enlisted Tunbridge Wells, Kent, age 18, height 5ft 10 inches, weight 140lbs. Formerly carters mate.

Home 30th November 1908 to 4th January 1911; India, 5th January 1911 to 31st January 1915; Indian Expeditionary Force "D", 1szt February 1915 to 24th September 1916.

30th November 1908, enlisted; 31st December 1908 to 12th January 1909, tonsillitis; 21st June 1909, not cleaning ration tins & plates when ordered to do so, 7 days confined to Barracks; 12th February 1910, having in his possession a rusty rifle, 5 days confined to Barracks; 12th April 1910, absent from Tattoo until 10.50pm, 5 days confined to Barracks; 18th April 1910, not providing himself with a towel when ordered to do so, 5 days confined to Barracks; 3rd May 1910, not complying with an order, 5 days confined to Barracks; 6th July 1910, not being shaved on parade, 3 days confined to Barracks; 19th July 1910, being unshaved on Parade at 7.00am & 10.00am, 5 days confined to Barracks; 30th July 1910, absent from Tattoo until 31st inst. 7 days confined to Barracks; 7th September 1910, being unshaved on Parade, 5 days confined to Barracks; 15th September 1910, absent from Tattoo until apprehended by the Civil Police at ?? about 11.15 on 17th, 8 days confined to Barracks; 29th September 1910, absent from parading for fatigues at 2.00pm, 7 days confined to Barracks; 15th October 1910, awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 19th October 1910, absent from Tattoo until 11.00pm 3 days confined to Barracks; 24th October 1910, not shaved on Parade, 8 days confined to Barracks; 28th February 1911 to 7th March 1911, bronchitis; 8th April 1911, awaiting Trial; 18th April 1911, tried by DCM & sentenced to 28 days detention, "An act to the prejudice to good order & military discipline"; 26th April 1911 to 6th May 1911, sand fly fever; 8th May 1911, being in possession of tobacco, stating a falsehood, 1 day bread & water; 10th May 1911, to Duty on completion of Detention; 28th May 1911 to 1st June 1911, sand fly fever; 10th September 1911, absent from Tattoo until 5.40pm on 11th, admonished; 14th October 1911 to 31st October 1911, soft C.J.; 26th January 1912, obtaining goods from the native tailor above the value of 3 rupees, contrary to Battalion orders, 5 days confined to Barracks; 10th June 1912, stating a falsehood to an NCO, absent from Parade at 11.00am; 19th July 1912 to 2nd August 1912, V.S.; 28th October 1913, being asleep whilst a sentry on Bungalow Guard, ??? detention; 17th February 1914, not removing the magazine from his rifle by Retreat, 3 days confined to Barracks; 21st February 1914, not complying with an order, 3 days confined to Barracks; 22nd August 1914, disobeying a Battalion Order, having a tailors bill exceeding 3 rupees without permission, ???;  16th July 1915, Busra, admitted to Hospital, malaria; 27th July 1915, discharged from Hospital; 29th April 1916, reported Prisoner of War, captured at Kut; 6th June 1917, Ottoman Red Crescent reports through Geneva Red Cross, that Soldier died 24th September 1916, as a Prisoner of War, at Adana Hospital, Yedli, Turkey.

29th May 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, Thomas Barker, Long Sutton Vicarage, Winchfield, Hampshire; Mother, Lucy Barker, Long Sutton Vicarage, Winchfield, Hampshire; Brothers - Harry Barker, age 34, Hadlow, Kent; William Barker, age 32, Penshurst, Kent; Robert Barker, Long Sutton, Winchfield; Sisters - Annie Isley, Long Sutton, age 39, Winchfield; Mary Yalden,  age 32, Long Sutton, Winchfield; Edith Lansell, age 31, USA.


1911 Census - India - Albert John Barker, Private, age 20, single, soldier, 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment, born Fleet Hampshire.


Buried at Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, XXI.W.11., Iraq.

NOTE: Regimental History shows service No as L/8179 but CWGC and Soldiers Died in the Great War show it as L/9179.


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