BARKS, Wilfred John

Rank: 
Marine
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service number: 
PO/X 102116
Honours & Awards: 
Born: 
Wednesday, January 3, 1917
Mne Wilfred Barks MM 42 Commando

Marine Wilfred Barks, 'X' troop, was awarded the MM for his gallantry during operations at Kangaw, Burma [1].

Extract from the Derby Daily Telegraph - Thursday 30 August 1945

Mrs. Ethel Barks, wife of Marine Wilfred John Barks (28), of 7, Cornhill Cottages, Allestree, has received a letter from the Admiralty to say that her husband has been awarded the Military Medal "for bravery and undaunted devotion to duty while serving with the 15th Indian Corps." Marine Barks was among the British Commandos who stormed the beaches on the Arakan coast in the first landings at Myebon, 36 miles east of Akyab. They landed again near Kangaw, cutting the only motor escape route from Arakan. Before he joined up four and a half years ago Marine Barks was employed by the Derby Gas Company. He has been overseas nearly two years. The son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Barks, of 36, Church Street, Spondon, Marine Barks was pupil of St. John's School, Derby. He has a five-years old son, Brian [2].
 
The death of Mne. Wilfred J. Barks, MM. (42 RM Cdo) of Allastree, Derby, was announced in Commando Association newsletter 88 issued March 1989.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazettes Supp. 37079, page 2527.
[1] Names from the 3rd Jungle Book issue 8 of Sept. 1945. [view in gallery].
[2] Derby Daily Telegraph
[2] British Newspaper Archive (website britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk); The British Library Board.
[Image] © Trinity Mirror.
 

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