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Allan Charles Barker

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Allan Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Barker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Budge Barker AWMM
    • Shorty Barker AWMM
  • Service number
    6324 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 May 1910 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 5 December 1939 AWMM 79a Pirie Street, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr Charles Barker, Hillsborough Rd, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 January 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Athens AWMM
      Crete, Greece AWMM
      01 Jun 1941-9 September 1943 AWMM
      Advance landing on Crete AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya AWMM
      Greece, Europe AWMM
      26 July 1942 AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Patras, Patras, Greece AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Naptileon, Italy AWMM
    • WW2
      Italy, Europe Italy Imperial POW Alphabetical List
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 9 September 1943 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 2.5 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      9 stone 1 pound AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      No. 4 Field Ambulance Hospital - days from 15.4.1940. AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Main Dressing Station Hospital - 23 August 1940 - AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Rest Home in NZ after returning 22.11.1943 - 6.1.1944 AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Escaped in Crete 10.6.41 and was hiding in the hills till 15.6.41. He and another escaper then rowed across to Greece where they managed to avoid capture by Varabinieri until 26.7.42. Sergeant Barker refused to make a statement and was subjected to torture for 5 days during which time he had no food or water. They were tried at Tripoli and kept in chains for a month, then moved to Patras and afterwards to Bari where conditions were appalling. During journeys prisoners were chained together in groups of of 12. After escaping Sulmona gaol, Sergeant Barker stayed 20 days in the mountains, then came through with a guide and two others. On the way he stayed 3 days in Pietro in Valle where Germans forced him to dig gunpits with some Italians. He escaped once more and made contact with Allied near Castropignano on 23 October 1943.

    Released from capture by an officer from Camp 78

    A rosary was given to Allan by a nun in a monastry and also one was given to a mate Allan was with. Allan saie the mate scorned his rosary and threw it away. He was later killed. Allan kept his and treasured it throughout his experiences.

    Not listed on the List of 2NZEF Prisoners of War.

    'As the Allied forces advanced up the eastern Italian seaboard it became an obvious method of escape to secure a boat from a more northerly point on the coast and sail down the Adriatic to land on liberated territory. A NZ officer, who escaped by this means, got away from the camp at Modena after it had been taken over by German troops by remaining hidden for three days in a shallow trench under some tomato plants, and then dodging through the wire unobserved. With help from Italians in the neighbourhood he acquired civilian clothes and a map and travelled by various trains to Senigallia, whence he got a lift in a German truck as far as Ancona. He then travelled by bicycle and walked to Porto Civitanova, where he arranged with a fisherman to take him with a party of others to Termoli, announced over the radio as in British hands. They arrived safely on 14 November. Since the beginning of October an MI9 section based on Termoli had been landing agents on the Adriatic coast, and at the same time taking off escapers and evaders from the coast as far north as Ancona; fishing boats loaded with such parties had been regularly heaving to in the small harbour at Termoli. Sergeant A. C. Barker (4 Res MT Coy), awarded MM for his efforts to escape.' (Source: Mason, W.W. Prisoners of War. pp. 312-13.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 August 1976 AWMM
    Age 66 AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
    'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the field.' (London Gazette, 3 August 1944, p.3606.). Military Medal.
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 13 AWMM
    • Mason, W.W. (1954) Prisoners of war. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      pp.312-13. AWMM
    • New Zealand Gazette AWMM
      mm. New Zealand Gazette, Vol 1, p. 152 AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
    • Great Britain Army. (1945). Italy : imperial prisoners of war alphabetical list : section 4. London, U.K.: Government Printer. AWMM

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