Organisations/clubs: Idle Primitive Methodist church and sunday school
Medals/awards: Military Medal
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle; Tyne Cot Memorial
Regiment: Northumberland Fusiliers
On 8 June 1917, the Shipley Times & Express reported:Cpl Harry Barker of 27 Marlborough Road, son of Mr and Mrs Walter Barker, has been awarded the Military Medal.This hero, who is 21 years of age, served from September 6th to Christmas 1916 at the Dardanelles and was then invalided home, suffering from trench feet.During March last, he went to France and it is there that he displayed gallantry which has won the distinction.
Particulars of his act have not yet been received but Cpl Barker wrote home to say: “I am proud to inform you that I have been recommended for a military medal for bravery. I shall probably be receiving it in a few days.”That was followed by a second report on 2 November 1917:Cpl Harry Barker, son of Mr and Mrs Walter Barker of Marlborough Road, Idle, has been killed in action in France.
This hero was awarded the Military Medal last June. A few weeks ago he was home on leave and he was accorded a hearty reception from his numerous friends.He was formerly connected with the Primitive Methodist Church and School and while on furlough attended service. He had only been back in France for a few days when he met his death.He was 21 years of age and served from September 6th to Christmas 1916 at the Dardanelles and was then invalided home, suffering from trench feet.It was in France that he displayed the gallantry which secured him his distinction.