Forename Hugo James Ross
Surname Barker
Rank Pilot Officer (Pilot)
Regiment RAFVR
Age 26
Death Killed on active service
Place of Death Western Europe
Date of Death 25/11/1940
Year of Entry 0
School Notes
Comments The Barker Gym was named in his honour
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Link
Military Decorations
Album Number 21
Previous Regiment
Burial or Cemetery UK > Nuffield
Archives Correspondence file in OR files in Radley Archives
Post School
Prep School
Prisoner of War
Radlein Obituary March 16 1941. Pilot Officer H. J. R. Barker was killed on active service on 25th November, 1940. After a brilliant career at Eton and Christ Church, Jimmy went for a couple of years to Cadbury's. So profound an impression did he make there, that when the news of his death was published-some five years after he had left the firm-there was held a one-minute silence in the factory in his honour. He came to RadIey in September 1938, to teach and to organise P.T., boxing, etc.: but his activities were not confined to the Gymnasium. He coached on the river and on the Rugger field: he taught Geography: he acted for a term as an assistant-tutor to a Social. He persuaded the Council that RadIey must have a new Gymnasium-a building of which we are now very proud. In an amazingly short time he exerted a great influence - an influence the subtler and the more pervading because he was unconscious of it himself and because it proceeded not from what he did or said, but from what he was. He was endowed in rich measure with the great Christian virtue of humility. This was the source both of his strength and of his charm. No one-boy or master ever heard an unkind criticism of Jimmy Barker-for no one ever heard him speak unkindly of anyone else. He believed the best of others, and because he believed it, he found it. We were always at our best in his company: his enthusiasm was infectious, and so was his faith in humanity: and this last had its origin in his faith in God. We have lost a great friend, one whom we loved, as he loved Radley; and RadIey in mourning, mourns proudly.
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