Ipswich War Memorial and Cenotaph


Born: 1882, Ipswich.

Died: 3rd May 1919; age 37; died of Graves Disease and Gastro Enteritis, at the Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital, Suffolk.

Informant of the death was William’s brother, Sydney Barker, of 9, Spring Road, Ipswich.

Residence: 9, Spring Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Master Builder.


Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 69716.

Regiment: Tank Corps Depot.


Grave Reference:


Ipswich Old Cemetery,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Everett Barker, of 9, Spring Road, Ipswich & the late William Barker.




1891   9, Arthur Street, Ipswich.


William was 8 years old and living with his parents, siblings & maternal aunt.

William Barker, 29, a Bricklayer, born Ipswich.

Everett Vetina Barker (nee Palmer), 30, born Ipswich.

Matilda Barker, 6, born Ipswich.

Rosina Barker, 4, born Ipswich.

Arthur Barker, 1, born Ipswich.

Ellen Palmer, 16, a Staymaker – Dress, born Ipswich.


1901   23, Pottery Street, Ipswich.


William was 18 years old, a Bricklayer. He was living with his parents & siblings.

William, 39, a Bricklayer.

Everett, 40.

Rose, 14, a Dressmaker Apprentice.

Arthur, 11.

Sydney Barker, 6, born Ipswich.

Dorothy Barker, 2, born Ipswich.


1911   42, Tovells Road, Ipswich.


William was 28 years old, a Bricklayer. He was living with his widowed mother & siblings.

Everett, 50.

Arthur, 21, a Bricklayer.

Sydney, 16, an Apprentice – Gas Fitting.

Dorothy, 12.


William’s father William Barker died, 1905, Ipswich.


Probate to Everett Barker – mother.


The Royal Tank Corps

The Tank Corps was formed from the Heavy Branch MGC (Machine Gun Corps) which first converted to armored cars. Tanks were a new secret weapon designed to break the stalemate of trench warfare on the Western Front. Each Tank Battalion had a complement of 32 officers and 374 men. On 15th September 1916. 36 Mark 1 tanks were first used in the Somme offensive using tanks of C and D Companies. Many lessons were learnt with little gain and heavy casualties. The first real success came in 1917 at the Battle of Cambrai France with a more coordinated attack with large gains.

4 Victoria Crosses were awarded to the Tank Corps throughout the war.



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