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Michael Barker
1884 – 1960
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant-General
Unit Second Boer War
World War I
World War II
Commands held 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment
I Corps
Aldershot Command
Awards Companion of the Order of the Bath
Distinguished Service Order

Lieutenant-General Michael George Henry Barker CB, DSO (1884 – 1960) was a British Army general.

Military career

Barker, born 1884 in Wells District, Somerset, served in the Militia during the Second Boer War before accepted a commission in The Lincolnshire Regiment in 1903.[1] Barker served throughout the First World War with the Lincolnshire Regiment and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1917. He commanded the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment from 1927 to 1931 before being promoted to Brigadier as a staff officer at Eastern Command. From 1936 to 1939 he was Director of Recruiting and Organization at the War Office.[1]

He served as commander of I Corps in 1940, before being replaced by Lieutenant-General Harold Alexander. His performance there was undistinguished; his subordinate Montgomery remarked that "only a madman would give a corps to Barker." His active military service was finished, and he served for a year as head of Aldershot Command before retiring from the army later that year.[1]

Barker died in 1960 in Colchester, Essex.



  • Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War, Nick Smart. ISBN 1-84415-049-6.


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