Regiment : 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment
Service number : 4893
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 36 on 23rd October 1914
Buried : Commemorated on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium, Panel 22 and 34.
Relatives : Son of Harriet Hewins (formerly Barker), of Marl Bank, Welland, Malvern Worcestershire, and the late William Barker
Memorial : Welland War Memorial
Also appears on : Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 1 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club under Workpeople with the information: (Sergt) 1st Gloucestershire. Austin Motor Company WW1 Roll of Honour No 2 now in Northfield Royal British Legion Club under Workpeople with the information: (Sergt) 1st Gloucestershire.
Credits : Researched by Sandra Taylor and Andy Frisby.
Additional information on the memorial: Sgt. Glos. Regt.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
William Barker was born in 1878 at No 8, Holt Village, the son of William and Harriet Barker. His father was a traction engine driver. William enlisted in Worcester in 1914, his occupation on the 1911 census is given as an attendant at the Powick Asylum. Although William Barker is not shown as a casualty on the Roll of Honour, he is the only Sergeant found in military records in the Gloucestershire Regiment. Presumably he went to work for the Austin Motor Company between 1911 and 1916.
William Barker has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.