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Alfred Barker

Alfred Barker was born on 1 January 1892 and joined the School on 1 May 1906.

He played both cricket and football for the School and in the Prizegiving for 1907, Alfred won both the Form Prize for Form IV and the English Prize. Alfred went on to pass the Preliminary Certificate in April 1912 gaining ‘distinguished’ in three subjects and after leaving School on 30 July 1909, entered Bede College, Durham.

Alfred served in the Durham Light Infantry during the First World War and died on 26 June 1915, aged 23, during the 2nd battle of Ypres.

The Menin Gate at Ypres is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which covers the area known as the Ypres Salient. The site was chosen as the site of a memorial because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It bears the names of more than 54,000 Officers and Men whose graves are not known. Among them, is the name of Alfred Barker, Private, 1st/8th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry.

His name is also recorded on the Grammar School’s War Honours Board — alongside the names of all of the Grammar School’s alumni to die in the First and Second World Wars.

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