ALFRED SAMUEL BARKER

 

Born: 1883, Ipswich.

Died: 7th June 1916; age: 33; KiA.

E.A.D.T. – Wednesday, 14th June 1916 – Mrs. Agnes Barker, of 114 Handford Road, Ipswich, has received a letter from the Reverend W. E. Bates, Chaplain to the Forces, dated 8th June 1916, sympathising with her in the loss of her husband. “It must,” he says, “be some sort of consolation to know that your dear husband died whilst doing his duty, and has joined the great band of heroes who have given their all for God, King, and country. Your husband was well respected by his comrades, who sincerely regret the loss of one who, though not long with them, had nevertheless gained their esteem. He was buried yesterday with the prayers of the Church, and his last resting place will be marked with a cross and registered, so that there may be no difficulty in identifying the place at any future time.”

Occupation: Ransome, Sims & Jefferies.

Enlistment Details: Location: Ipswich; Date: 10th November 1914.

Date of Entry Therein: 1st June 1915.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 17065

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.

 

Grave Reference:

I.V.2.

Ridge Wood Military Cemetery,

West Vlaanderen,

Belgium.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   25, Dillwyn Street, Ipswich.

 

Alfred was 8 years old and living with his parents & sisters.

Alfred James Barker, 41, a Hotel Waiter, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Mary Ann Barker (nee Smith), 36, born Norwich, Norfolk.

Minnie Elsie Barker, 2, born Ipswich.

Gertrude Edith Barker, 1, born Ipswich – 1892, Ipswich.

 

1901   114, Handford Road, Ipswich.

 

Alfred was 18 years old, an Iron Moulder. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Mary, 34, a Laundress – own account.

Minnie, 14.

George Arthur Barker, 6, born Ipswich – 1907, Ipswich.

 

1911   114, Handford Road, Ipswich.

 

Alfred was 28 years old, a Window Cleaner – own account. He was living with his mother.

Mary, 55, a Charwoman.

 

On the 30th December 1912, at Cockfield, Suffolk, Alfred married Agnes Brinkley, born March 1881, Cockfield, Suffolk – daughter of Harry Brinkley, a farm labourer, and Sarah Brinkley (nee Smith), of Bulls Wood Lane, Cockfield, Suffolk.

Agnes and Alfred had two daughters:

Gladys Agnes Elsie Barker, born July 1914, Suffolk.

Lille Doris Barker, born August 1915, Ipswich.

 

Alfred is remembered on the war memorial at St. Matthew’s Church, Ipswich.

 

 

THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 2nd Battalion: 

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