jamescorsan Posted 8 October , 2013 Share Posted 8 October , 2013 I have come across a mention of a 'Lieutenant Barker of the London Rifle Brigade', who happened to represent the 4th Division in a rugby match held at Nieppe on 14th April 1915. In an online version of 'A SHORT HISTORY OF THE LONDON RIFLE BRIGADE' there is a photograph of 'Sec-Lieut. Barker and M.G. Team' and a listing of '2nd Lieut H.C. Barker - arrived 29.4.1915 departed 22.1.1916', but I cannot trace an 'H.C. Barker' in either WO 339 or WO 374 at PRO Kew. Another issue is that, if he 'arrived' on 29th April 1915, that would have been fifteen days after the above-mentioned rugby game. The only explanation I can think of - if H.C. Barker was indeed the player - is that perhaps he was commissioned on 29th April 1915 (and therefore later remembered as a Lieutenant by someone who was there), but at the time of the game was an NCO or lesser rank. Any further information on H.C. Barker that would help confirm (or not) whether he was the Lieutenant Barker who played in this game would be gratefully received. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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