Private Charles Barker

Rank or Title

Date of Birth


Date of Death

28 May 1918

War time / or Pre War occupation

Coal carter


Newbold & Martell

Service Number


Place of Birth

United Kingdom

World War I Address

26 Back Street
United Kingdom

Place of Death


Grave Location

No known grave

War Memorial Location

Soldier or Civilian

  • Soldier


The Luton News , 4th July 1918
Pte Charles Barker

Pte Charles Barker, 42539, 11th Battalion Essex Regiment, was killed in action in Flanders on May 28th, 1918. He was a second son of the last James Barker and Mrs Sarah Barker, of 26 Back Street, Luton, to die on the battlefield. Pte Ernest Barker (Beds Regiment) was killed in the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914.

Charles, aged 19, had joined the Royal Field Artillery at Biscot a year before his death and later transferred to the Essex Regiment. Before joining the Army he had been a coal carter employed by Newbold & Martell in Luton.

Born in 1899 in Wellingborough. Northants, Charles and his three brothers and two sisters lived in New Town Street, where his widowed mother ran a grocery store in 1911. The family had come to Luton following the death of James in 1902.

Individual Location

Pte Charles Barker

Author: Deejaya

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