1. Memorial:Loos MemorialPanel 42 to 44. Loos
2. Book:The (1921) Masonic Roll of Honour 1914-1918Pg.116
3. Memorial:The (1940) Scroll - WW1 Roll of Honour56A GQS

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Early Life :

Son of John W and Sarah Barker. of Belvoir Street, Leicester

In 1910 he was living at 53 Lyme Road, Leicester coinciding with the marriage to Norah.

Family :

Wife: Norah

Education & Career :

Painter and Decorator (1910); General Decorator (1911)

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: 4th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment 

1/4th Battalion August 1914 : in Leicester. Part of Lincoln and Leicester Brigade, North Midland Division. Soon moved to Luton and by November 1914 was at Bishop's Stortford. Landed at Le Havre 3 March 1915. 12 May 1915 : formation became the 138th Brigade, 46th (North Midland) Division.

Action : The Battle of Loos and associated actions 

"The Battle of Loos (25 September to 18 October 1915) was the major battle on the Western Front in 1915, surpassing in every respect all that had gone before in terms of numbers of men and materiel committed to battle. The preliminary bombardment was the most violent to date and the battle was charaterised by the committment of Regular and Territorial battalions on a large scale, in which the Territorials performed just as well as the Regulars. As the battles on the Western Front in 1915 increased in size and violence, so the casualties increased in proportion: Neuve Chapelle 12,000, Aubers Ridge/Festubert 29,000 , Loos 60,000. 1916 was to take the casualty cost to another level. Loos was intended as a minor role in support of French efforts around Arras but circumstances reduced the French effort. It marked the first use of poison gas by the British. Once the initial assualt had failed the battle continued in a series of actions mostly focused on the northern sector around the tactically important Hohenzollern Redoubt."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : St Martin's No. 3431 E.C.Leicestershire & Rutland

13th April 1910
21st September 1910
16th November 1910


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