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James Barker


James Barker was born in 1880 in Ferryhill County Durham to Robert Barker, 24 years old, a railway plate layer and Anne Barker also 24 years old. They lived at 148 Byers Green Junction, a group of houses for railway workers in Byers Green, County Durham.

Early Life

James had three brothers, David, Robert and Joseph. According to the 1901 census David worked in a Colliery, Robert was a Railway Signalman and Joseph, aged 14, also worked in the colliery. James was now an assistant teacher in Durham. The family, including James now aged 23, were living at 106 Byers Green Crossings, County Durham – still a group of railway houses. In October 1910 James’ father Robert was tragically killed on the North East Railway whilst at work. He was 57 years old.

James later married Mary Ann, and they had a daughter, Ena Morson Barker.

Chester College

James attended Chester Teacher Training College and left in 1900. He went on to teach in Northumberland.

Military Service

James served with the Royal Garrison Artillery as a Gunner.

Lest We Forget

James was killed in action on 25th April 1917 near Armentiers, France. He was 39 years old.

Post Mortem

James was awarded the British War and Victory medals for his service to King and country.

James is buried at Grevillers British Cemetery in France.

James’ effects (£90 3 shillings) were left to his widow Mary Ann Barker of 26 Countess Avenue, Whitley Bay Northumberland.