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BarkerWilliam2035Source: Attestation papers. See image on this site.Railway Pioneer Regiment
BarkerWilliam116 and 4280Lance CorporalSource: Nominal roll in WO127Western Light Horse
BarkerWilliam921Source: Attestation papers. See image on this site.Railway Pioneer Regiment
BarkerWilliam2058Private3rd RPR
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Railway Pioneer Regiment
BarkerWilliam Andrew19Occupation: Baker. Next of kin: Uncle. Address: Worcester .
Source: Attestation paper in WO126
Town Guard and District Mounted Troops
BarkerWilliam ETrooperJoined 03 Mar 00
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Nesbitt's Horse
BarkerWilliam FrankLieutenantBARKER, WILLIAM FRANK, Lieutenant, served in the South African War, in command of the South African Light Horse, 1900-1. He was present at the Relief of Ladysmith, including the operations on the Tugela Heights (14 to 27 February); operations in Natal (March to June, 1900), including action at Belfast (26 and 27 August). We get some interesting glimpses of the South African Light Horse in the Official 'History of the War in South Africa', compiled by Major General Sir Frederick Maurice, KCB, published by Messrs Hurst and Blackett: "The calling out of colonial mounted corps, both in Cape Colony and Natal, is mentioned in Chapter I and Chapter II. Mounted men were urgently needed by all the columns in process of preparation, but, adhering to his opinion that success in the relief of Ladysmith was a most crucial matter, Sir Redvers decided to despatch to Natal the first unit enlisted at Cape Town—the South African Light Horse. The first party of 'Light Horse' embarked at Cape Town for Natal on the 22nd November In Natal itself two mounted corps, under the command of Major (local Lieutenant Colonel) A W Thorneycroft, Royal Scots Fusiliers, and Major (local Lieutenant Colonel) E C Bethune, 16th Lancers, were already being formed". On page 332 Sir F Maurice says: "Sir Redvers Buller reached Durham on 25 November ... He spent a few days at Maritzburg in inspecting this advanced base of the Natal Army, and in directing preparations for the reception of a large number of wounded. He then pushed on to Frere, reaching that place on 6 December. The enemy's raiding columns had now retired across the Tugela and by the 9th a well-equipped British force of all three arms was concentrated at Frere. The mounted brigade, commanded by Colonel the Earl of Dundonald, consisted of the Royal Dragoons, 13th Hussars, Thorneycroft's and Bethune's newly-raised regiments of mounted infantry, the South African Light Horse, also only just enlisted and brought round from Cape Town, a squadron of the Imperial Light Horse, detachments of the Natal Carbineers and Natal Police, and one company of British Mounted Infantry". At Colenso Lord Dundonald despatched the South African Light Horse, under Lieutenant Colonel the Honourable Julian Byng, to demonstrate against the southern slope of the Hlangwhane Mountain, which the mounted brigade was endeavouring to occupy, in order to assist the main attack on Colenso by a flank fire. The Boers, however, were found to be in full possession of the mountain, and the advance of the South African Light Horse against its southern slope was checked. The attack was eventually abandoned, as General Buller decided that "the occupation of Hlangwhane would be useless unless he had first forced the passage of the Tugela at Colenso, and of this he had already relinquished hope". He watched Captain Reed's gallant attempt to save Long's guns, and, after its failure, rode through the extended battalions of the 2nd Brigade and decided that the men were exhausted. He decided to abandon the guns, and to withdraw the whole of his force to camp. Major General Lyttelton and Lieutenant Colonel Parsons successfully covered the retreat of Hart's Brigade. Most of Hildyard's Brigade reached camp at 3.30 pm The Naval guns withdrew from Naval Gun Hill. "The order to retreat reached the officer commanding the mounted troops about noon. The brigade was still hotly engaged with the enemy, and its gradual disentanglement took nearly three hours. Colonel Thorneycroft was told by Lord Dundonald to fall back slowly along the Gomba Spruit, protecting the flank of the South African Light Horse. His retreat, which was covered by the 13th Hussars and three companies of the Royal Fusiliers, was a good deal harassed by the enemy, who crept up through the bush on the east and on the north. The well-directed fire of the 7th Battery checked this attempt at pursuit. Eventually Lord Dundonald succeeded in extricating his whole force safely, except a small section of two officers and sixteen men of the South African Light Horse, who were taken prisoners". Sir F Maurice says that it was decided to recruit from the loyal population of South Africa, and he goes on to say: "Considerable use had been made of the patriotic, spirit. Practically the whole of the Volunteer forces of the colony had been called out in the first phase of the war, and were still under arms. The good services of the South African Light, Horse and of Brabant's Horse, raised respectively in the western and eastern province, showed that the time had now come to make fuller use of the admirable recruiting material that was available". In January 1900, Lord Dundonald was ordered to occupy Springfield. "He improved his command of Potgieter's Drift by the capture of the ferry boat from under the very eyes of the enemy. The boat had been moored to the northern bank of the river, and though parties of Boers were to be seen riding down to it, some troopers of the South African Light Horse volunteered to swim across and capture it. The enemy detected the attempt, but the adventurous swimmers safely reached the boat, cut it adrift, and brought it rapidly back amid a shower of bullets". In the Spion Kop Campaign a patrol, under Major H W G Graham, skilfully guided by the commander of the Natal Carbineers (Major D McKenzie), surprised 300 Boers. He "sent back for his supports, the mounted infantry of the King's Royal Rifles and a squadron of the South African Light Horse, and these, hurrying into the firing line, soon assisted to overcome the resistance amongst the rocks of the outnumbered Boers, who rose to their feet and surrendered". On 20 January Dundonald "set about the capture of Bastion Hill. This was easily effected at 2.50 pm by a dismounted squadron of the South African Light Horse, supported by Thorneycroft's Mounted Infantry". The South African Light Horse took part in the capture of Cingolo and in the other operations before the relief of Ladysmith. Sir F Maurice describes the part they took in the clearing of Northern Natal. "On 27 May Sir R Buller sent two columns across the Buffalo. One consisting of the 11th (Wynne) Brigade, with two 4.7 in and four 12-pr. Naval guns, and the South African Light Horse, under Hildyard, crossing by Wools Drift, marched on Utrecht on the 29th, and two days later received the surrender of the town". “General Buller ... on 6 June ... flung the South African Light Horse at Van Wyk's Hill, ousted the Boer piquets which held it, and despatched Major General Talbot Coke with three battalions of the 10th Brigade and a battery to occupy it under Botha's direction, thus possessing himself of the command of the southern side of the mouth of Botha's Pass". "At 10 am, on 8 June, whilst all the artillery opened fire, the South African Light Horse moved from their bivouac at Yellowboom Farm straight upon Spitz Kop, which they occupied without lighting". Botha's Pass was next captured by Sir R Buller, and "thus, with little loss, was effected the capture of Botha's Pass, and the road into the Orange Free State was opened. ... On the 10th Sir R Buller resumed the general advance, the South African Light Horse and 10th Brigade leading; the objective was a prominent hill situated near the junction of the Klip River and the Gansvlei Spruit. This was found to be occupied by the Boer rearguard, which was speedily driven off by the South African Light Horse and artillery. The former, pushing on into high ground beyond the Spruit, found another detachment of the enemy somewhat strongly posted, and a sharp engagement, in which a squadron of the 18th Hussars lent valuable assistance, was necessary to dislodge him". At the action at Alleman's Nek on 11 June, "to the South African Light Horse was entrusted the guardianship of the rear, by no means the least, vulnerable portion of the force at this period". During the advance towards Komati Poort, at the occupation of Ermelo, "a fourteen-mile march on the 13th brought, the column to the source of the Vaal river with no more opposition than an affair of patrols on the right, which cost the enemy four men and the South African Light HSouth African Light Horse
BarkerWilliam Henry211Source: Medal rollsCanada, Royal Canadian Artillery
BarkerWilliam LPrisoner number: 11648
Captured: Harrismith
Sent to: Ceylon, Diyatalawa
Age: 52
Address: Harrismith
Source: Anglo Boer War Museum 2016
Barker?William CharlesSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsNew Zealand, 9th Contingent
BarkerbradleyDSource: Medal rollsDorsetshire Regiment
BarkesWSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsCape Town Highlanders
BarkessJ1st Battalion
Source: QSA and KSA medal rolls
Highland Light Infantry
BarkessJ4201PrivatePrisoner. Dewetsdorp, 23 November 1900
1st Battalion. Released 4 December
Source: South African Field Force Casualty Roll
Highland Light Infantry
BarketF LSource: QSA and KSA medal rollsNew Zealand, 5th Contingent (Imperial Bushmen)
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