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6986237   Private Thomas James (Tot) Barker
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Dated added: 30/12/2015   Last updated: 13/10/2020
Personal Details
Regiment/Service: Special Air Service Regiment (British Army)
Died: 08/08/1944 (Prisoner of War)
Age: 20
Private Tot Barker was born in 1924 and the son of John & Florence Barker, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone. Prior to enlistment Tot worked with Messrs David Anderson & Son Grocers, Cookstown. At the age of 17 he joined the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. A month before his 18th birthday he transferred to the Royal Ulster Rifles. He later became a paratrooper with the 6th Airborne Division and finally joined the Special Air Service. On the night of 4th July 1944 a unit of paratroopers was taken prisoner and executed on the 8th.
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Cemetery Details
Cemetery: Marissel French National Cemetery
  Beauvais, Oise, 4
Grave Ref: Grave 326-329
CWGC Casualty 2234282
Marissel is an eastern suburb of Beauvais, a Cathedral town between Rouen and Compiegne. The Cemetery, known locally as the 'Cimetiere Militaire National de Beauvais-Marissel', is not actually in Marissel. It is located approximately 1 kilometre north of Beauvais town centre on the Rue d'Amiens (D1001). The Commonwealth war graves are mainly located along the left-hand wall of the cemetery. Others are near the French monument and along the central section.
Local Memorial Details

No Memorial Name Townland
1 Cookstown Cenotaph WWII - North Panel Cookstown
Local Institute / Local Book Details

No Name Page
1 Cookstown War Dead Book WW2 374
References and Links
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1 1910 Ulster Towns Directory Anderson, D., & Son, grocers, provision dealers, and agricultural seed merchants, William street
2 2nd World War in NI Full details of Private Barker's death
3 Amazon books Air Commando by Serge Vaculik can be purchased here
4 Forum discussion Details of Private Barker's death
5 Serge Vaculik Special Forces Roll Of Honour : Serge Vaculik
6 War Graves Photographic Project Photo of Private Thomas James Barker's grave can be purchased here
7 Wartime NI Details of Grodon Reid and Tot Barker
Cookstown District's War Dead Acknowledgements 2010-2023