George William Barker

33005, Private, 6th Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment

Died on the 27th November 1918 aged 23

Private George William Barker

George was the eldest son of George & Susan Barker who lived at 46 Haycroft Road. Before joining the Army he was employed as a Hairdresser by John Findley in Albert Street, Stevenage.

After being attested in December 1915, George joined up on 5th February 1916. Initially he served in the Bedfordshire Regiment but was later transferred to the Leicestershire Regiment. He was posted to France in 1917 and, after serving continuously at the front, took his first leave in January 1918. Following his return to his unit he was wounded in the wrist by a bullet and did not go back to the front line until the 9th November, just two days before the armistice. He became ill on his way, having contracted influenza. This soon developed into Pneumonia and, with no medication available at the time to fight the disease, he subsequently died.

He is buried in the Premont British Cemetery, France. (3.E.20.)

Headstone Inscription: "Blessed Are The Dead Who Die In The Lord"

Medal Entitlement: British War Medal & Victory Medal.

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