Private John Albert Barker

Service number 2534
Birth Date 1900
Birth Place Australia: New South Wales, Newcastle, Wallsend
Death Date 1917-06-07
Death Place Belgium
Final Rank Private
Service Australian Imperial Force
Unit 35th Australian Infantry Battalion
Conflict/Operation First World War, 1914-1918

Private John Albert Barker (2534, 35th Battalion) was born at Wallsend, NSW in 1900. Known as "Jack", he was working as a colliery driver when he enlisted in July 1917. Jack was killed in action on 7 June 1917 during the battle of Messines Ridge and is buried in the Toronto Avenue Cemetery, Ploegsteert, Belgium. He was 17 and a half years of age. Jack's father, Private James Barker (1477, 34th Battalion), was killed in action on 20 July 1917 and is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial. Jack's brothers Private Thomas Garside Barker (1406, 13th Battalion) and Private Lambert Manfred Barker (1503, 17th Battalion) were both wounded in action at Gallipoli. Another brother, Private Job Barker (375, 35th Battalion) was sent home in September 1917 on compassionate grounds.



Date of birth 1900
Date of enlistment 27 July 1916
Date of embarkation 25 October 1916
Date of death 07 June 1917
Date of fate 07 June 1917