Mr Ernest Thomas Barker
Ernest Thomas Barker was born in Islington, Middlesex, England in late 1871 and his birth was registered in the last quarter of that year. He was the son of Thomas Barker (b. 1834 in St Brides), a licensed victualler and publican, and the former Isabella Wilgress Haward (b. 1846 in Paddington), both Middlesex-natives who had married in Holy Trinity Church, Haverstock Hill, Camden, London on 13 March 1870.
He had three known siblings: Constance Florence (b. 1873) and twins Beatrice Maud and John Richard (b. 1875). Beatrice died on Christmas Eve 1875 aged only 9 months,
On the 1871 census, taken only months before Ernest's birth, his parents were living at 57 Charlotte Street, Islington and the family would still be here on the 1881 census. That particular address was the Golden Lion public house which his father ran. Ernest appears on no further census records.
His mother died on 9 August 1885 and his father never remarried, dying on 4 April 1903. When his father died, his estate worth £438, 10s was split between his three surviving children. Ernest was then indicated to be a public house manager.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, Ernest gave his address as 4 Grand Parade, Haringey, (London), the home of his sister Constance Florence Ellis Pirie and her family. As a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s. His last ship had been the Olympic.
Barker died in the sinking. His body was later recovered by the Mackay-Bennett (#159) and buried at sea on 24 April 1912.
Ernest is remembered on the family headstone in Highgate Cemetery, Islington. The grave lay unattended and unnoticed for many years until in April 2012 the grave was discovered, repaired and a commemoration service was held
References and Sources
Agreement and Account of Crew (PRO London, BT100/259)
CreditsGavin Bell, UK
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mr Ernest Thomas Barker
Born in London London England
Age: 40 years (Male)
Marital Status: Married.
Last Residence: at 4 Grand Parade, Haringey London London England
Occupation: Saloon Steward (1st class)
Last Ship: Olympic
First Embarked: Southampton on Saturday 6th April 1912
Died in the Titanic disaster (15th April 1912).
Body recovered by: Mackay-Bennett (No. 159)
Buried: at Sea on Wednesday 24th April 1912.