Barker, VC: The Classic Story of a Legendary First World War Hero

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Lieutenant Colonel William Barker was a successful airman who was greatly decorated, including being a holder of the Victorian Cross, the Croix-de-Guerre and two Italian Silver Medals for Valour. This biography of Barker finds out why his life and achievements have largely been forgotten.

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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.

About the Author:

Wayne Ralph was born in St. John's, Newfoundland. He trained as a pilot in the RCAF and Canadian Forces, serving as a flying instructor until 1973. He has also worked as a freelance journalist and photographer, writing articles for Airforce, Canadian Defence Quarterly, and International Defence Review, among others. He lives in White Rock, B.C.

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