Barker, Richard Vincent

Second son of Reverend Frederick Barker, Rector of St. Giles, Wimborne, Dorset. His last year he was a School Prefect, played in College XV and stood on Dress for VI: and in 1899 was elected to a scholarship at New College, Oxford.

After a period in the Militia, he entered the Regular Army in 1901 and joined the Royal Welch Fusiliers, proceeding immediately to South Africa. In 1905 he was appointed to the adjutancy of his battalion.

On the outbreak of war he went to France with the 7th Division and was appointed Staff Captain to the 22nd Infantry Brigade. The brigade was very heavily engaged in front of Ypres at the end of October. Nearly all the regimental officers had been killed or wounded, and on the 30th October Captain Barker volunteered to take charge of a party of men who were falling back in circumstances of great difficulty. While attempting to bring them safely in, he was shot through the chest. He had twice been mentioned in Despatches.

Barker’s place of burial is unknown but he is¬†commemorated on the¬† Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Panel 22.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Barker
  • Forenames or initials: Richard Vincent
  • House: College
  • Years in School: 1893-1899
  • Rank: Captain
  • Regiment: Royal Welch Fusiliers
  • Date of Birth: 13th June 1880
  • Date of Death: 30th October 1914
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer A1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial