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Rollo William BARKER

Regimental number14
Place of birthTallarook, Victoria
SchoolState School, Tallarook, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSoldier
AddressArtillery Barracks, Queenscliff, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Height5' 9"
Weight161 lbs
Next of kinFather, F S Barker, 'Moet', Colac, Victoria
Previous military serviceRoyal Australian Garrison Artillery; Served in the Royal Australian Garrison Artillery, Queenscliff, Victoria.
Enlistment date6 June 1915
Place of enlistmentQueenscliff, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit nameSiege Artillery Brigade
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/49/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal Roll2nd Lieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll36th Heavy Artillery Brigade
FateDied as a result of accident 27 February 1918
Age at death26
Age at death from cemetery records26
Place of burialTrois-Arbres Cemetery (Plot II, Row E, Grave No. 1), Steenwerck, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
19
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Francis and Alice Maud Barker, 367 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds, Victoria, Australia.
Family/military connectionsBrother: 3015 Pte Tasman Foster BARKER, died of wounds, 21 April 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Disembarked Boulogne, 27 February 1916.

Promoted Bombardier, France, 1 May 1916.

Promoted Corporal, 16 Novemner 1916.

Promoted Sergeant and transferred to 3rd Australian Siege Battery, England 13 December 1916; taken on strength, 338th Australian Siege Battery, Stowlangtoft, 16 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 24 July 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, Rouelles, 25 July 1917; marched out to 36th Heavy Artillery Group, 28 July 1917.

Taken on strength, 36th Heavy Artillery Group Headquarters, 1 August 1917.

Transferred to 36th Heavy Artillery Group Signal Sub-Section, 1 October 1917.

To be 2nd Lieutenant and posted to command 36th Heavy Artillery Group Signal Sub-Section, 10 December 1917.

On leave to United Kingdom, 25 January 1918; rejoined from leave, 11 February 1918.

Accidentally injured, 27 February 1917; admitted to No 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, Belgium, 27 February 1918 (unconscious). [2nd Lieutenant Barker was riding a Triumph motor cycle after drawing the pay of the unit, on 27 February 1918. He was travelling at a very rapid rate along the Bailleul-Armentiers road when he collided witha horse ridden by Capatin Mulholland, 3rd Machine Gun Company. Barker fell heavily some distance away. He suffered a fracture to the base of his skull].

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BARKER Rollo William

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