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Born: 19 November 1899
Died: 9 November 1918
Buried: Nab Wood Cemetery
Address: Sunnyside, Moorhead, Shipley
Parents: Arthur & Carrie
Siblings: Lucy
Rank: Sapper
Rolls of Honour:
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Robinson Barker
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Robinson Barker was born 19 November 1899 in Shipley the son of Arthur and Carrie (Caroline) Barker who in 1901 were living at 20 Victoria Street, Shipley with Arthur working as an overlooker. By 1911 the family, now including a daughter, Lily, had moved to Shay Lane, Holmfirth and Arthur is now described as a worsted manufacturer. At some stage before 1918 they moved back to Shipley and settled at Sunnyside, Moorhead. Arthur now has a factory in Bradford. On 15 November 1918 the Shipley Times & Express reported that just two days before the end of the war,
Robinson had become a victim of hte flu pandemic that cost millions of lives across the world. It is not clear if he ever saw military action: “Ill only one day, Sapper Robinson Barker, Royal Engineers, only son of Mr and Mrs Arthur Barker of Sunnyside, Moorhead, Shipley, died on Saturday at the Hitchin Military Hospital from pneumonia following influenza, aged 18. “The internment took place at Nab Wood Cemetery yesterday morning, services being conducted at the house and at the cemetery chapel by the Rev Henry Taylor, Primitive Methodist minister. “There were present Mr and Mrs
Arthur Barker (father and mother), Miss Lucy Barker (sister), Mr and Mrs Robinson Fletcher (uncle and aunt), Mr John Sugden (cousin), Miss Carrie Ibbetson (cousin), Mr and Mrs John Ibbetson (uncle and aunt), Mrs Henry Hird, Mr and Mrs James Albert Sugden (Huddersfield), Mr Clapham, Mr and Mrs W Firth (Baildon) and many others. “The underbearers were workpeople of A Barker Ltd, manufacturers, Manchester Road, Bradford, of which firm Mr Arthur Barker is principal. The Bradford Commission Manufacturers’ Association was represented by Mr Louis Connell.”