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  • Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension
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Birmingham
Allen Noel Birkett Barker was baptised on 25th March 1892 at St Margarets Church, Oulton, Warwickshire, he was the son of Tom Birket Barker an engineer and justice of the Peace and Mary Ann Martha Barker née Allen of The Croft, Lapworth, Birmingham. Tom Birkett Barker was born in 1853 at Edgebaston, Mary Ann Martha Allen was born in 1855 at Lapworth, they were married in 1885 at West Bromwich, they had 5 children. In the 1911 census the family are living at Lampworth Croft, Hockley Birmingham, Tom 58 yrs is a retired engineer and JP he is living with his wife Mary Ann Martha 5 yrs and two of their children, Veritie 22 yrs and Graville 17 yrs the family are living with two servants.
Member Nottingham Rowing Club and University College Nottingham OTC.
12 Sep 1918
24
51281 - CWGC Website
50675
Enlisted West Bridgford but residence given as Birmingham (SDGW)
Sergeant
66th Bn HQ Royal Garrison Artillery
Sergeant Allen Noel Birket Baker served as Noel Birkett Barker, he served with the Royal Garrison Artillery. He landed in France on 1 October 1915 (Medal Roll). He died of wounds at the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station and was buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension (grave ref IV.B.17).
CWGC headstone personal inscription: ''Beloved & honoured far as he was known' Wordsworth' Nottingham Rowing Club archive. 'In memoriam' card: 'In proud and loving memory of Allaen (sic) Noel Birkett Barker, Sergeant 66th Brigade RGA, died of wounds received in action in the 42nd Casualty Clearing Station in his 25th year, 12 September 1918, buried at Aubigney, near Arras France. He gave his life a ransom for many.' On the reverse of the letter is added, ‘his colonel writes us …’ (Nottinghamshire Archives, ref. DD/865/67/20-21) Extract from a letter dated 3 March 1919 from Allan’s father, J Birkett-Barker of The Croft, Lapworth, Warwickshire, to the secretary of the Nottingham Rowing Club in response to the invitation to the club’s memorial service at Nottingham St Mary’s in February 1919. The letter was inserted in the Club’s minute book: ‘I would like in some way to perpetuate the memory of my dear son’s affection for the Nottingham Rowing Club and its members by presenting a cup or bowl or shield to be competed for annually with some sort of (-) or replica as the case might be of the value of, say, £5 to the successful competitor. ‘ The letter went on that he expected his son, Lieut Greville Birkett-Barker, to be in Nottingham after he had been demobilized and to join the club ‘as he too is a boating (-) and will, I hope, worthily fill the place of his dearly loved brother whose loss we all ceaselessly mourn.’ (Nottinghamshire Archives, ref. DD/865/1/10, NRC Minute Book 1912-1919) Photographs of 21 members of the Rowing Club, including Allen Barker, who died in the war are held in Nottinghamshire Archives (ref. DD865/65/1-21). The photograph shows Allen in casual clothes, possibly the kit he wore for rowing, and was probably taken before the war (DD865/65/3). His brother Greville also served in the war and a further brother Lt Holroyd Birkett Barker died on 15th August 1917 he served with the Royal Garrison Artillery.
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  • Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension
    Allen Noel Birkett Barker - Buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension