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1914 -1918

Benjamin Barker lived in Stone Cottage, Old Church Lane Bulmer in 1913.  He was Born in Fincham near Kings Lynn Norfolk, and was Married to Gertrude Barker of Hethersett, Norfolk.  They had four children, Lilly Gertrude (11 years), Beatrice Violet (4 years 6 months), Alice Rose (2 years 2 months), George Benjamin (born two months after his father’s death).  His wife Gertrude was awarded a pension of

£1. 8s 9d per week. He worked as a gardener for Mr & Mrs Philip Harbord at Bulmer Tye House

Benjamin served with the 6th Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment which he joined on 9th December 1915. He was killed in action on 17th February 1917.

First Name:  Benjamin James  

Initials:  B J  

Surname:  Barker  

DOB:  Circa 1883  

Age:  34  

Birth Town:  Fincham, Norfolk  

Resided Town:  Sudbury, Suffolk  

Nationality:  British  

Date of Death:  17/02/1917  

Fate:  Killed in Action  

Information:  Parents: George and Sarah Barker, of Fincham, King's Lynn; husband of Gertrude H. Barker, of Tye Cottage, Hethersett, Norwich.  

Rank:  Private  

Service Number:  27810  

Duty Location: France and Flanders

Burial Location: Benjamin is buried in the Regina Trench Cemetery, Grancoury. France  Reference number V1.F.3.


Actions of the 6th (Service) Battalion of the Northamptonshire Regiment up to the death of Benjamin Barker
Sept 1914 Formed at Northampton as part of the Second New Army (K2) and then moved to Colchester attached to the 18th Division.
Nov 1914 Transferred to the 54th Brigade of the 18th Division.
May 1915 Moved to Salisbury Plain.
26.07.1915 Mobilised for war and landed in France and engaged in various actions on the Western Front including;
1916The Battle of Albert, The Battle of Bazentin Ridge, The Battle of Delville Wood, The Battle of Thiepval Ridge, The Battle of the Ancre Heights, The Battle of the Ancre.
1917 Operations on the Ancre, The German retreat to the Hindenburg Line, The Third Battle of the Scarpe, The Battle of Pilkem Ridge, The Battle of Langemarck, First Battle of Passchendaele, and The Second Battle of Passchendaele.


Links to Documents relating to Benjamin Barker

Memorial Photograph of Regina Trench Cemetery

Short Service Attestation

Enlistment Descriptive Report

Casualty Form

Notification of Killed in Action

Pension Details

Burial Record & War Medals Receipt  

Grave Registration Report

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