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

Children:

Rosalind M.T.C. Barker (1932-)
Hilary V. Barker (1937-)
Olivia J. Barker (1937-)

Notes:

John Frederick Barker
Rank: Lieut-Commander
Service Number: D.S.C.
Corp: Royal Navy
Ship: HMS Ardent
Age: 33
Memorial: Plymouth Naval Memorial in Devon
Placement: Panel 36 - Column 1
Family Information:
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
H.M.S. Glorious
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:-

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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.

15.09.1924
(05.)1926
HMS Queen Elizabeth (battleship) (Mediterranean)
30.12.1926
(07.1927)
promotion course, RN College, Greenwich [HMS President]
28.04.1928
(06.)1928
HMS Scythe (destroyer) (Reserve Fleet, Devonport)
16.08.1928
(02.)1931
HMS Broke (flotilla leader, 4th Destroyer Flotilla) (Mediterranean)
25.07.1931
(01.)1932
HMS Centaur (cruiser) (Atlantic Fleet)
12.09.1932
(07.)1935
HMS Arrow (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
28.08.1935
(02.)1936
First Lieutenant, HMS Wrestler (destroyer) (Home Fleet)
17.03.1936
(02.)1937
First Lieutenant, HMS Hunter (destroyer) (2nd Flotilla)
06.1937
(02.)1938
First Lieutenant, HMS Active (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
10.05.1938
(06.)1938
First Lieutenant, HMS Comet (destroyer) (Mediterranean)
26.08.1938
(10.)1938
Commanding Officer, HMS Achates (destroyer) (Devonport)
14.10.1938
08.06.1940
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.