Herbert Barker was born in Bradford in 1890, the son of George Henry Barker and Nanny Murphy, His parents married at St Peter’s parish church on the 27th August 1879. George Henry was 27 years old, a wool warehouseman living at 1116 Greenhill Terrace, the son of John Barker, dyer. Nanny is shown as being 20 years old, a waitress living at the Cemetery Hotel, Leeds Road, the daughter of
Martin Murphy, iron founder labourer. George and Nanny had seven sons, Absalom born 1881, Fred born 1883, John Henry born 1885, Ernest born 1887, Herbert born 1890, Alfred born 1894 and Edward born 1896. In 1901 the family were living at 1 Boundary Place, Eccleshill and George Henry was working as a wool warehouseman. By 1911 the family had moved to
49 Idle Road and Herbert at 20 years of age is working as a clerk at the Canal Company in Bradford.On the 5th of January 1915 Herbert enlisted in Hull as Rifleman A/202792 in the 17th Battalion of the King’s Royal Rifle Corp. This Battalion were part of the 5th Army fighting in the Battle of St Quentin when a colossal German offensive had been launched on the 21st March 1918. The fighting lasted until the 23rd when a near 40
mile breach had been made in the British line. Herbert was wounded on the first day and died from his wounds on the 22nd of March 1918. He was 28 years old and is buried at the Pozieres British Cemetery.His effects of £28. 15. 7d which included his gratuity of £3. 0. 0d was paid to his father on the 29th November 1919. Researched and written by Jean Britteon, to whom many thanks.