Birth: 1906 - December Quarter
Place or Registered Place of Birth: Lyndhurst Rd., New Forest, Hampshire (Reg. New Forest, Hants)
Baptism: Not Known
Place of Baptism: Not Known
Death: 8 June 1940 - Aged 33
Place or Registered Place of Death: Killed in action on board the H.M.S. Ardant.
Father: Henry Charles Day Barker
Mother: Margaret Bunning Smith
Spouse(s): Jillian Paget
Date of Marriage: 27 June 1931
Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Chippenham, Wiltshire
Rosalind M.T.C. Barker (1932-)
Hilary V. Barker (1937-)
Olivia J. Barker (1937-)
John Frederick Barker
Service Number: D.S.C.
Corp: Royal Navy
Ship: HMS Ardent
Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon
Placement: Panel 36 - Column 1
Son of Engr. Captain Henry Charles Day Barker R.N. J.P. and Margaret Gunning Barker of Cawsend Cornwall; husband of Jillian Barker ( nee Paget ).
The Times - June 11, 1940
British Naval Losses
Two Destroyers and Transport
The Admiralty issued the following communiqué yesterday evening:-
As no further information has been received regarding the naval operations, in connexion with the withdrawal of our forces [from Narvik], referred to in yesterday's Admiralty communiqué, and as up to the present it has not been found possible to establish communication with certain ships, the Secretary of the Admiralty regrets that it must now be presumed that the following vessels have been lost:-
H.M.S. ARDENT (Lieutenant-Commander J. F. Barker, R.N.). These ships were in company with the Glorious, and are probably the vessels referred to in the German communiqué as a destroyer and a submarine chaser. No news has so far been received from either of these vessels. The German communiqué states that there are several hundred survivors from our ships. The next of kin are being informed as quickly as possible.
HMS Queen Elizabeth (battleship) (Mediterranean)
promotion course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
HMS Scythe (destroyer) (Reserve Fleet, Devonport)
HMS Broke (flotilla leader, 4th Destroyer Flotilla) (Mediterranean)
HMS Centaur (cruiser) (Atlantic Fleet)
HMS Arrow (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
First Lieutenant, HMS Wrestler (destroyer) (Home Fleet)
First Lieutenant, HMS Hunter (destroyer) (2nd Flotilla)
First Lieutenant, HMS Active (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
First Lieutenant, HMS Comet (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
Commanding Officer, HMS Achates (destroyer) (Devonport)
Commanding Officer, HMS Ardent (destroyer) [sunk in action with German battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau near Narvik]
21 Sep 1939
HMS Ardent (Lt.Cdr. J.F. Barker, RN) escorted Convoy OA-7. Ardent took wounded from the British tanker Teakwood aboard after it was torpedoed by the German submarine U-35. Ardent accompanied damaged Teakwood back to Falmouth.
Lieut.-Cdr. John Frederick Barker, D.S.C., R.N.