Barker, Henry

Name of Researcher / Enw’r ymchwylydd: Eifion & Viv Williams

Name of Memorial / Enw’r gofeb: Mold

Name / Enw: Barker, Henry

Regiment/Catrawd: 3rd Bttn Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)

Service Rank and Number / Rheng gwasanaeth a rhif: Pte 128150 (formerly 43951 RWF)

Military Cemetery/Memorial / Fynwent milwrol: Arras Memorial

Ref No Grave or Memorial / Rhif cyfeirnod bedd: Bay 10

Country of Cemetery or Memorial / Gwlad y fynwent neu gofeb: France

Medals Awarded / Medalau a ddyfarnwyd: British War Medal and Victory Medal ( ‘undisposed of’)

Date of Death: 28th March 1918

Date and Circumstances of Death / Dyddiad ac amgylchiadau marwolaeth:

28th March 1918 in France/Flanders Killed in Action

 Henry was born in Mold in 1885.  The 1901 census finds him aged 16, living with his family at a shop at 22 High Street, Mold.  His father was Robert Baker aged 61 a chemist and grocer who had been born in Bagillt.  His mother was Mold born Mary aged 55.  The children were:
James Herbert a chemist’s assistant,
Catherine Ann Williams a married daughter aged 32
Robert aged 28  and a chemist,
George Rodney  aged 23 and a chemist
Henry aged 16 and a chemist’s apprentice
Constance Mary was 14
Florence Emily was 13
All the children were born in Mold.

The 1911 census records that Robert Barker was now a  71 yr old widower living at Lane End Buckley. He was still a chemist.
Henry Barker was 26 and a grocery manager – unmarried.
Blanche Barker was 23 and a housekeeper, single. (Was she Florence Emily on the previous census?)
Catherine (Forcer?) Williams 41 married daughter
Constance Eliz Williams aged 3yrs (Says daughter but surely means grandaughter)

Henry enlisted in Shotton


Henry Barker is remember on the Arras Memorial. Thanks to Bill Rosedale for the photograph.

There is no completed card for Henry in the Flintshire Roll of Honour.