Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Sidney Barker

In memory of:

Private William Sidney Barker

May 21, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:

77500

Age:

17

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)

Division:

15th Bn

Additional Information


Born:

September 25, 1897
Castle Eden, Co. Durham, England

Son of Jacob and Florence Barker, of Eden Vale Farm, Beresford, Kamloops, British Columbia.

Commemorated on Page 4 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ARRAS ROAD CEMETERY
Pas de Calais, France

Grave Reference:

II. N. 34.

Location:

Roclincourt is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, a little east of the road from Arras to Lens and Lille. The cemetery is on the west side of the main N17 road from Arras to Lens, about 6 kilometres north of Arras, and north of the village of Roclincourt. The cemetery was enlarged in 1926-29 by the concentration of 993 graves from a wide area mainly North and East of Arras. There are now over 1,000 First World war casualties commemorated in this site which covers an area of 4,084 square metres. It is enclosed on three sides by a stone rubble wall, and against the road by a retaining wall. Old dug-outs exist under the North-East corner and on the South-West boundary.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Record of Service– Record of Service Card (front side).  Courtesy 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum. Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Record of Service– Record of Service Card (reverse side).  Courtesy 48th Highlanders of Canada Regimental Museum. Submitted by 15th Bn Memorial Project Team.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Badge– Cap Badge 30th (British Columbia) Bn.  Private Barker was originally a member of the 3oth Bn before being sent to the 15th Bn as a reinforcement.  Submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Badge– Cap Badge 15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada) . Submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Shoulder patch– Shoulder Patch 15th Bn (48th Highlanders of Canada) . Submitted by Captain (retired) Victor Goldman, 15th Bn Memorial Project.  DILEAS GU BRATH
  • Circumstances of Death Registers– Source: Library and Archives Canada.  CIRCUMSTANCES OF DEATH REGISTERS, FIRST WORLD WAR Surnames:  Bark to Bazinet. Mircoform Sequence 6; Volume Number 31829_B016716. Reference RG150, 1992-93/314, 150.  Page 63 of 1058.
  • Arras Road Cemetery– The Arras Road Cemetery, located at Roclincourt, about 5 kilometres from Canada's Vimy Memorial in France. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Grave Marker– The grave marker at the Arras Road Cemetery located outside Roclincourt, about 5 kilometres from Canada's Vimy Memorial. May he rest in peace. (John & Anne Stephens 2013)
  • Memorial– The Memorial at Festubert France was unveilded and dedicated on 23 Oct 2011 to commemorate the actions of the 15th Battalion CEF (48th Highlanders of Canada) on 20 May 1915 during the Battle of Festubert.  Photo by BGen (ret) G Young and submitted by Capt (ret) V Goldman of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project.
  • Memorial– The Memorial at Festubert France was unveilded and dedicated on 23 Oct 2011 to commemorate the actions of the 15th Battalion CEF (48th Highlanders of Canada) on 20 May 1915 during the Battle of Festubert.  Photo by BGen (ret) G Young and submitted by Capt (ret) V Goldman of the 15th Battalion Memorial Project.
  • War Memorial– Kamloops Cenotaph, Memorial Park, Battle Street and 2nd Avenue, Kamloops, British Columbia.   Includes honour roll tablets listing 189 names for World War I and 92 names for World War II.  Unveiled on May 24th, 1925.   Inscribed:  C.E.F. - NOR TIME NOR TIDE CAN EVER EFFACE THE MEMORY OF OUR GLORIOUS DEAD.
  • Inscription– His name as it is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial (2010). Over 11,000 fallen Canadians having no known place of burial in France, are honoured on this Memorial. He was discovered and exhumed at a later date and now rests in a marked grave.May they never be forgotten. (J. Stephens)

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