Sapper Henry Barker

Henry Barker
© Royston Williamson 2015

Thank you to Wendy Shuttleworth for the following research.

Henry Barker was born in Cambridge in 1881, the son of George and Katie Barker.

In 1891, he was living at 7 Heath Terrace, Woodditton, Cambridgeshire with his parents and his brother Arthur. Henry’s father George was working as a stonemason.

By 1911 the family were living at 61 Hampstead Road, Dorking.

Henry enlisted in London on 11th October 1914, he had been working in Buenos Aires as a locomotion fireman for the Buenos Aires Western Partners Limited, but returned to England to join up when War was declared.

Henry joined the Royal Engineers, Railway Operation Division as a Sapper with the regimental number WR/280140.

He survived the war, but died on 19th July 1919 in Epsom Hospital due to the effects of gas poisoning. He is buried in Dorking Cemetery 17.9464. George and Katie continued to live at 61 Hampstead Road until the middle of the 1920’s.

Henry Barker Gravestone © Royston Williamson 2015
Born Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Lived Buenos Aires, Argentina
Son of George and Katie Barker of 61 Hampstead Lane, Dorking
Regiment Railway Operating Division, Royal Engineers
Number WR/280140
Date of Death 19th July 1919
Place of Death Epsom, Surrey
Cause of Death Died of the effects of gas poisoning
Age 37
Cemetery Dorking Cemetery, Dorking