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George Barker was born in Royton in 1920, the son of George and Mary. He had two younger sisters,Emily and Mary.
His unit, the 9th Durhams, fought through North Africa & Italy before being being involved in D-Day being one of the battalions to land on Gold Beach. The 9th took part in the final push into Germany in 1945 and it is there that George Barker fell in a tragic accident.
Just days from the end of the war whilst the 9th DLI were preparing for an attack on the city of Hamburg he was killed, alongside Corporal Laurence Jones,whilst laying grenades across a road for an enemy that would never come.
GEORGE HENRY BARKER
Date of Death:29/04/1945
Regiment:Durham Light Infantry
Service Number - 4461946
Cemetery: Becklingen War Cemetery
Grave Ref: 2.G.11