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BARKER – Joseph 6th and 12 Regiment

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6th Regiment
12th Suffolk Regiment Cap Badge
Kaffir War Medal
Obituary – Perth Gazette Western Australian Times 8th Jul 1880
NameBARKER  – Joseph
Regiment (s)6th and 2nd Btn 12th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) ? / 1909
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
13th October 1841 / 17 years / Leeds Yorkshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8½ in
Fair / Grey / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationMauritius – 8 years 2 months
Cape of Good Hope – 7 years 5 months
Length of Service21 years 260 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 28th June 1864 /Inquiry Dublin
Campaign MedalsKaffir War Medals for 1851/2 and 3
Intended Residence at
Liverpool England
Pension Districts1864-1867 1st Liverpool
1867 Tilbury Fort
1868 Western Australia
Pension Paid1/1d per diem increased to 1/6 ½ from date ceasing to draw pay in the Enrolled Force 3 August 1880
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland 
12th October 1867 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
HOUGOUMONT 9th January 1868
Date/Place of Birthc1824 Colne Lancashire England
Date/Place of Baptism17th July 1825 / Colne Lancashire England
Date/Place of Birth
bap 15th April 1795 Haworth Yorkshire England
Date/Place of Birth
THORP Martha
B c1804 Halifax Yorkshire England
M 8th June 1823 Colne Lancashire England
SiblingsB c1823 BARKER William
B c1825 BARKER Joseph
B c1830 BARKER Frank (Francis)
B c1840 BARKER Samuel
B c1844 BARKER Sophia
B c1846 BARKER Martha (M BENNET)
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Possibly RYAN Bridget (Widow) Father Joseph Ryan
1835 (deduced from marriage and death)
Date/Place of Marriage14 March 1865 All Saints church Liverpool, Lancashire
Children by 1st WifePossibly Mary Ann but she may have been the child of a former marriage of her mother
Land Grants Western AustraliaNone
Occupation after ArrivalNot yet known
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer and Commercial News Wed 7th Jul 1880 – page 3
The Herald Saturday 27 May 1871 page 3
The Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 15 November 1872 page 3 Mrs Bridget Barker
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial3rd July 1880 Perth Western Australia
East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial  Wife
1875 age 40 Fremantle Western Australia
Will or ProbateUnknown
Further InformationBritish Army, Worldwide Index:
1861 Joseph Barker 1909 location Plymouth
Discharge at own request having served 21 years.
In the 1861 Census Joseph Barker is a serving soldier of the 2/12th regiment living at the Horfield Barracks Clifton, Gloucestershire. He is an unmarried man born Burnley Lancashire age 37.
In 1872 Bridget was robbed of rings and money with violence, she said at the time she was a pensioner’s wife not living with her husband.
Bridget was arrested for being drunk and using bad language several times over the years.