Born: 1882, Ipswich.
Died: 3rd May 1919; age 37; at the Ipswich & East Suffolk Hospital, Suffolk.
Residence: 9, Spring Road, Ipswich.
Rank: Corporal; Service Number: 69716; Regiment: Tank Corps Depot.
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.
Rose, 14, a Dressmaker Apprentice.
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.
Arthur, 21, a Bricklayer.
Sydney, 16, an Apprentice – Gas Fitting.
William’s father William Barker died, 1905, Ipswich.
The Royal Tank Corps
The Tank Corps was formed from the Heavy Branch MGC (Machine Gun Corps) who first used 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 over the course of the war.