Badge, Pin

A small Returned Soldiers Association (RSA) badge. The badge features a crown with yellow enamelling attached to a long straight pin. "62" is written at the centre of the crown. "N" and "Z" flanks the crown. "RETURNED SOLDIERS/ASSOCIATION" is embossed below the crown/ "RD R61/10173"1 is impressed on the reverse.
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This badge belonged to Charles Barker of Stratford. On 9 January 1915 the 20-year-old cheesemaker left his job at Cardiff dairy factory to enlist.Seven months later he landed at Anzac Cove in Gallipoli and fought on Chunuk Bair where he earned a Distinguished Conduct Medal. A letter from Charlie Barker's platoon commander Murray Urquart reads:
"Your son fought very gallantly on Chunuk Bair on the 8th of August and during the following two nights. In spite of his weariness he did very good work by ministering to the wants of wounded men, who could not be attended to in daylight, owing to the exposed nature of the ground where they lay. In doing this he ran much risk. He also rendered service by guiding some reinforcements up Chunuk Bair".
Charlie Barker was discharged in 1916 after being declared unfit for service and returned home. He married Mary Pennington of Mangatoki and worked as a butcher in Eltham. He later moved to New Plymouth where he died in 1962.
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