George Charles Barker was just 18 years old when he volunteered to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on September 22nd 1914. He was born to Mary Ann Barker (father was not listed) on January 12th 1896 in Brentwood Essex Co, England. He and his family later immigrated to Canada, where George spent a year with the 29th Regiment in Canada and worked as a buffer and polisher in Galt (Cambridge), Ontario. When war broke out in the summer of 1914, George volunteered with the first batch of Canadians to go off and fight. On or before April 22nd 1915 during the 2nd Battle of Ypres, George was reported as wounded and missing, and was later presumed dead. Private George Barker is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.
Service number: 7120
“Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial,” Commonwealth War Graves Commission, accessed March 24, 2015, http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/91800/YPRES%20(MENIN%20GATE)%20MEMORIAL