Service Number 270431
Regiment Royal Field Artillery
Rowland Edwin Barker moved to Collingham around 1934/5 having seen service in the Army in World War 1.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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