For King and Country

Person Details

BARKER, Bertram

Memorials

Name: Cookham School Lane, Cookham
NIWM Ref: 7925
RBWM Ref: WM151
Name: Cookham Dean Church Road, Cookham Dean
NIWM Ref: 7887
RBWM Ref: WM155

Person Details

Place of birth: Cookham Dean or Cookham
A.K.A: Paddy  
Gender: Male
Date of death: 01/11/1917
Place of death: Casualty Clearing Station, Poperinge
Manner of death: Died of wounds
Age at death: 41
CWGC Ref: 433774
TWGPP Ref: 4178258
Address: Victoria Cottage Cookham Dean Bottom Cookham Dean
Address: Popes Lane Cookham Dean
Address: 1 Belle View Terrace Furze Platt Maidenhead
Address: Sybil Cottage Cookham Rise

Military details

Joined: Enlisted-Reading
Military Organisation: Army
Rank: Private
Service Number: 21474
Military Organisation: Army
Military Unit/Group: 159th Company, Labour Corps
Rank: Private
Service Number: 94869

Relatives

Father John BARKER
Mother Elizabeth BARKER (nee HAMBLEDEN)
Wife Louisa BARKER
Brother Ernest BARKER
Brother Albert BARKER
Brother Joseph Walter BARKER

Additional information

Betram is remembered in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Grave plot XXI.CC.17A. Paddy decided to take the ‘King’s shilling’ (from the shilling a day a soldier was paid at one time) and joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment, Works Company. The Works or Labour companies within the Royal Berks were incorporated into the Labour Corps in May 1917 after which, though formally a part of the Royal Berks, their connection with it seems to have been slight. Records do not show where Paddy was serving by the end of 1917 but he died in France on 1st November that year at the age of 41. Already more than 275,000 British men had died at the Battle of Passchendaele so Bertram’s death was one of many that year. Sources: 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 census, Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Bertram Barker, aka Paddy , was born in 1876 in Victoria Cottages, Dean Lane, Cookham, just along the lane from Willow Bank, where he lived with his parents Jonathan and Elizabeth and three brothers. By 1911, Paddy, who by then was 35, had moved out and was lodging in Cookham Rise with Gilbert and Annie Ranger along with the Briggs family - father, mother and 2 children. He lodged in Cookham Rise for over 3 years. Bertram's Mother was born in Hambledon, Bucks. Paddy himself, his dad and two of his brothers were agricultural labourers. In 1914, the wage of the average agricultural worker was just 16s.9p a week. The youngest brother Joseph was a bricklayer’s labourer.

Resources

Summary: Research material
Local parish magazines - Cookham

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