Barker, Anthony Oliver (1921-1944)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the Second World War, 1939-1945.
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Details: Anthony Oliver Barker (1921-1944), born in Japan on 16 May 1921, son of Dr Frederic Barker and Jessie Kiku Barker (née Waller) of Sherborne, Dorset, formerly of Stretton Court, Parkstone, Dorset.
Attended Old Ride preparatory school, Bournemouth.
Attended Sherborne School (Lyon House) May 1935-July 1939; 6th form.
WW2, Captain, 2 Field Regiment, Royal Artillery. Died of wounds in Rome on 6 February 1944, aged 22, while in enemy hands.
Rome War Cemetery, Italy, I, A, 10. Inscription on headstone: ‘CHRISTI CRUX SIT MEA LUX’ www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2215917/BARKER,%20ANT...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; Lyon House roll of honour.
Obituary in 'The Shirburnian', December 1944: 'Anthony Oliver Barker, to whose death a short reference was made in our last issue, was in the Army VIth before the war and in his House Cricket and Hockey teams. He saw a good deal of service in the Mediterranean area and personally received the surrender of some six hundred men of a crack German Corps. He went through all the early fighting in Italy and was reported missing. After some months it was known that he had died in hospital in Rome in German hands. An English resident was allowed to arrange for the burial of our Officers there and he was laid to rest in the Verano Cemetery in Rome where so many English folk have been buried, a beautiful and well tended spot, which many know.'
His housemaster, A.H. Trelawny-Ross, wrote in the Lyon House letter (July 1944): 'Lt. Anthony Oliver Barker, Royal Artillery (1935-39), died of wounds in February last while in enemy hands in Italy. He is buried in the Verano Cemetery in Rome. No news had been received for months, when at last the British Legation to the Vatican reported that he had died of wounds in hospital in German hands. It was he, not his brother John as wrongly reported in the last House Letter, who received the surrender of some 600 Germans of a crack Corps last year. If ever there was a modest and keen and loyal Shirburnian it was surely he. He was in the House Cricket and Hockey team and in the Army VIth. It is impossible to write all one feels when these Old Boys pass on, nor is it even desirable that one should, but I can say this, that Tony Barker was as great a gentleman as we have ever had here and he is one of a splendid company who have given their lives. We, who knew him and them, can never forget.'