Barker VC

Barker VC

William Barker, Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

Book - 1998
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William Barker was Canada's most decorated war hero, yet he has remained a footnote in history. This extensively researched biography addresses this oversight, and reinstates William Barker to his rightful place among Canada's heroes. The story of William Barker's incredible life reads like a novel. Raised in Manitoba, he left for the war in Europe. During his service he won the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Order (twice), and the Military Cross (three times). A crack shot and a natural leader, Barker's most famous exploit, single-handedly taking on 15 German planes, made him a legend. Barker came home as the nation's most decorated war hero. On March 12, 1930, aged 35, he was killed in Ottawa demonstrating a new aircraft to the RCAF. His state funeral in Toronto was attended by more than 50,000 people.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 1998, c1997
ISBN: 9780385257985
Branch Call Number: 940.44941092 Barke-R 3558
Characteristics: ix, 308 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps


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Norman C. Smith
Oct 23, 2013

There is also an updated edition from 2007.

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