Barker VC

Barker VC

William Barker, Canada's Most Decorated War Hero

Book - 1998
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When William Barker died in an air crash in March 1930, his state funeral was the largest in the history of Toronto.  The cortege was two miles long, with 2000 uniformed men as escort and 50,000 spectators looking on. He was, after all, a magnificent airman, a great war hero and holder of the Victoria Cross, the DSO and Bar, the MC and two Italian Silver Medals for Valour and three Mentions-in-Despatches.  Moreover, he had 50 Great War victories in the air to his credit. But his life and achievements have, to all intents and purposes, been forgotten or at best overlooked when compared to that other great Canadian war hero, Billy Bishop.  Why? Wayne Ralph made it his mission to find out.  In what was to become for him "a five-year emotional journey", Ralph has solved many mysteries and laid to rest many half-truths about the man.  His book is detailed, meticulously researched and excellently crafted.  It holds the interest from beginning to end and deserves to be viewed as the definitive biography of Lieutenant Colonel William Barker; warts and all, and a fitting testimony to the life and time of a legend.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 1998, c1997.
ISBN: 9780385256827
Branch Call Number: 940.44941092 Barke-R
Characteristics: 308 pages : portraits


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Norman C. Smith
Oct 23, 2013

There is also an updated edition from 2007.

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