Private 235001 Clarence BARKER 1/5th Battalion
Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment.
Clarence was born at Unstone, Derbyshire in 1895.
His parents were Albert and Mary Ann Barker. Albert was the village Postmaster at Unstone.
This is reflected in both the 1901 and 1911 census returns.
In 1911, Clarence is described as a ‘Brass Tap Finisher’
There is an older brother, Walter Thomas born in 1890, a Draper’s Assistant and a younger one, Albert Victor, born in 1897, like Clarence a Brass Tap Finisher.
Clarence’s mother, Mary Ann, died in the summer of 1911 and his father subsequently re-married.
Clarence attested on the 11th of December 1915 but was not mobilized until the 19th September 1916.
By this time his occupation had changed to that of ‘Grinder’.
At the time of his mobilization the family had moved and were now living at 4, Quoit Green, Dronfield – this address still exists today.
His sister, the late Mrs. Millicent Annie King of Hartington Road, Dronfield remembered waving her brother off at Dronfield Railway Station.
After his initial training he left Folkestone for France where, on the 17th January 1917, he was first posted to the 1st/7th Battalion – then on the 16th February to the 1st/5th Battalion.
Clarence’s war was to be a short one indeed as he was killed in action on the28th of May. He was 22 years old.
He is now buried in Loos British Cemetery and commemorated on the Dronfield and Unstone War Memorials and in St. John the Baptists Church, Dronfield.
DRONFIELD WAR MEMORIAL
UNSTONE WAR MEMORIAL
ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH