Thomas William Barker
10th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles
Killed in action on Thursday 26th July 1917 by shellfire on the Messines Ridge during the Battle of Messines aged 23.
He had been wounded twice before, once by shrapnel in the arm, and then shrapnel wounds to the head after which he was hospitalised in the Military Hospital Oswaldtwistle Lancashire but he recovered and returned to the frontline.
Thomas is buried in Derry House Cemetery Wytschaete Belgium. The cemetery was named after a farm, which had been nicknamed "Derry House" by soldiers of the Royal Irish Rifles.
Thomas was the youngest son of Mrs. Martha Barker and the late Mr John Barker, of High Street, Belper.
Before enlisting he had worked for Holden and Sons and was a member of the Congregational Church.
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