BARKER, THOMAS WILLIAM
Born 28th June 1874 at Port Sorell to Jacob Barker and Lydia Lacey Hedges, he
died of enteric fever on June 15th 1900 at Deelfontein Cape Colony.
From a letter from his father dated November 11, 1902 it appears that Private Barker was born at the Forth Tasmania and was within a fortnight of 26 years of age. He was a son of the soil and had always been engaged in farm work, and like many others, had taken a turn at road work. He was always a good son to his parents. He was a member of the Christian Endeavour Society and he was also a good soldier as Major Wallace Brown can testify. The following appeared in the “Advocate”
Hobart, Wednesday – The Governor received a cable from Sir Alfred Milner today stating that Private T. W. Barker of Penguin, died of enteric fever at Deelfontein on June 15th.
Universal regret is felt and expressed at the early death of this young man, who was well known as a smart and intelligent soldier, as well as for his honesty and straightforwardness. Private Barker acted for some time as “batman” or orderly to Lieutenant Wallace Brown (in South Africa) who has frequently mentioned him with the highest praise.
The above notes were taken from
Tasmanians in the Transvaal War by John Bufton
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