This site commemorates the men and women of Collingham, Linton and Micklethwaite who served during World War 1. Today we especially commemorate Corporal 9912 Benjamin Greaves Whitley of the Army Pay Corps who was born on this day in 1884.
Barker, Rowland Edwin
(1897-1984)

Rank and Unit at End of World War One

Rank Driver

Service Number 270431

Service Army

Battalion

Regiment Royal Field Artillery

Pre-war Occupation*/marital status**

Trade or Occupation pre-war: Scholar
Marital status: Single


* Taken from attestation papers or 1911 census
** Marital status on enlistment or at start of war
Connection with Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite and reason for inclusion on this web site
  • Ex-service man who moved to Collingham, Linton or Micklethwaite after the war

Biography

Rowland Edwin Barker moved to Collingham around 1934/5 having seen service in the Army in World War 1.

Family background

Rowland Edwin Barker was born on the 29th April 1897 in Fairburn, Yorkshire, the son of Edwin, a colliery man, and his wife Annie Maria. Theirs was a large family, Annie had had 9 children, but by the time of the 1911 census, when they were living in Fairburn, only three of their children were still living at home, and, sadly, 3 of their children had alread died.

Service record

Rowland's service record has not survived. His medal roll shows he served as Driver 270431 in the Royal Field Artillery, but no further information about his battalion or battery has so far been discovered.

After the war

On the 1st August 1934, the 37 year old Rowland married Alice Evelyn Hall in St. Oswald's Church Collingham. Both Rowland and Alice gave their residence at the time of their wedding as Collingham, and Rowland listed his occupation as a poultry farmer.

Rowland Edwin Barker, of 4 Micklethwaite View, Wetherby, died on the 7th January 1984 aged 86.


Sources

1911 Census. The National Archives. Class RG14 Piece 27454
First World War Medal Index Cards. The National Archives (WO372).
First World War Medal Index Rolls. The National Archives (WO329).

If you have any photographs or further details about this person we would be pleased to hear from you. Please contact us via: alan.berry@collinghamanddistrictwararchive.info