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- Biography -
- Anthony Barker -

Name : Anthony Barker

Son of Claude Edward Barker and Mary Iscah Dorothy Barker (née Boyd), of Niton, Isle of Wight.

Born : 22nd May 1916 (registered Edmonton, Middlesex, Jun 1916 qtr).

Married : 27th February 1940, Sheila Mary Terry, at at Bray Church, Berkshire. One daughter, Linda (born 1942).
  Address information : (from Electoral Registers)

1929 - 1938 The family are registered as entitled to vote with a land holding at Highfield Paddock, Niton (abode Mount House, Brasted, Kent).

In 1942 - 45 Anthony and Sheila Barker were at The Croft, Highfield Lane, Cox Green, Nr. Maidenhead.
  Service Details :

Sergeant (Flight Engineer) 1896771 Anthony Barker, 44 Sqn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve.

  Casualty Details :

Died : 27 July 1944 aged 28.

Buried at : La Boissiere-sur-Evre Communal Cemetery, Maine-et-Loire, France.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Niton War Memorial

Brasted War Memorial in Kent.

Commemorated on a bell at :

St Michael's Church, Bray, Berkshire
  Photograph :

Anthony Barker (photograph courtesy of Linda Barker Tiberti)
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :


Friday, April 27, 1945 Page 3

Niton Airman's Death on Active Service. - The following notice appeared in the Times on Wednesday: -

BARKER. - Previously reported missing, now known to have lost his life as the result of air operations over Southern France, in July, 1944. Sergt. Anthony Barker, Flt. Eng., R.A.F., aged 28, beloved husband of Sheila (née Terry), Linda's daddie, and dearly loved youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Claude E. Barker, of Niton Undercliff, Isle of Wight. Remembering also the rest of the gallant crew who died with him. No letters please.
  Further information :

44 Sqn operated Avro Lancaster aircraft in 1944. He is buried in a collective grave, with the other crew members :

Flying Officer (Pilot) Donald Neil McKechnie CWGC record ...
Sergeant (Navigator) Wilfred Robert Little CWGC record ...
Sergeant (Wireless Operator) Richard Arthur Williams CWGC record ...
Sergeant (Air Bomber) Robert Geoffrey Dean CWGC record ...
Sergeant (Air Gunner) Alfred Craven CWGC record ...
Sergeant (Air Gunner) Ernest John Courtenay CWGC record ...

Linda Barker Tiberti writes :

My father was stationed at Dunholme Lodge in Lincolnshire when the crew left for their first and what proved tragically to be their last operational flight. Their objective was to bomb an important rail depot at Givors in France. Due to bad weather they were off course and shot down by a German anti-aircraft battery before reaching their destination, the Lancaster bomber coming down at La Boissière-sur Evre and exploding. There is a plaque in the little Church which gives thanks for divine intervention in saving the village from major damage (the 'plane came down in a field and there was minor damage to a farmhouse).

44 Sqn History

Dover War Memorial Project (biography of Alfred Craven, with details of the operation in which they lost their lives)

  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper and other research

Linda Barker Tiberti (daughter of Anthony Barker), for family information and photograph.
  Page status :

Page updated : 25 February 2015 (added photograph to website)


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