WILLIAM BARKER

Image from the Suffolk Chronicle And Mercury – 1917

alias

born WILLIAM CLARKE

 

Born: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

Died: 11th April 1917; Died of Wounds at the No. 19. Casualty Clearing Station.

Residence: 45, St. Margaret’s Street, Ipswich.

Employed: Mrs. Finch, of Silent Street, Ipswich.

Enlistment Location: Ipswich.

Date of Entry Therein: 15th September 1914.

 

Rank: Private; Service Number: 3/8588.

Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 2nd Battalion.

 

Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star + Clasp.

 

Grave Reference:

III.C.13.

Duisans British Cemetery,

Etrun,

Pas de Calais,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Husband of E.K. Woodford (formerly Barker), of 44, Waterworks Street, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1891   29, Balkerne Lane, St. Mary at the Walls, Colchester, Essex.

Lucy Clarke and her children were recorded under their father’s surname Barker.

William was 6 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Samuel Barker, 48, an Iron Moulder, born Stowmarket, Suffolk.

Lucy Barker (nee Mills (1st marriage Clarke)), 34, born Ipswich.

Maud Barker, 8, born Ipswich.

Florence Barker, 4, born St. Michael’s, Ipswich.

Samuel Barker, 2, born Ipswich.

Alice Norah Barker, 5 months, born Colchester – died 1901, Colchester.

 

1901   24, Potter Street, Ipswich.

 

William was 16 years old and living with his widowed mother & sister. The family were recorded under the Clarke surname.

Lucy, 42, a Tailoress.

Nellie Clarke, 1, born Ipswich.

 

In 1911, Ipswich, William married Edith Kate Smy Barham (1st marriage Dunk), born December 1888, Wickham Market Union Workhouse, Suffolk – daughter of Laura Jane Smy and stepdaughter of Isaac Whayman Barham, a labourer, of Quay Street, Orford, Suffolk.

Edith and William had two children:

William Samuel Clarke, born January 1912, Ipswich.

Florence Maud Clarke, born October 1914, Ipswich.

 

William also became stepfather to Edith’s son Leonard Edward Isaac Dunk, born June 1908, Orford, Suffolk, from her first marriage to Leonard Edward Dunk.

 

Soldiers’ Effects to Edith Kate Woodford – widow.

 

William is also remembered on the war memorial at St. Clement’s Congregational Church, Ipswich.

THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 2nd Battalion:

Suffolk Regiment Battalion movements

SUFFOLK REGIMENT MUSEUM

Friends of The Suffolk Regiment

 

 

 

 

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