Sergeant Francis Bark

Army Number: 24787

Battalion: 9th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys) Regiment.

Awards: M.M. (Military Medal)

Military Medal
British War and Victory Medal

Born at Fairham, Hampshire and lived at Curbar, Derbyshire. Son of John and Margaret Bark, of Chatsworth View, Curbar. He was a woodman prior to enlisting at Sheffield, Yorkshire. He was awarded the Military Medal, London Gazette date, 19th February 1917 ‘For conspicuous gallantry in action on 27th November 1916, North East of Beaumont Hamel. He displayed great courage and determination in holding an advanced post against a strong party of the enemy, killing many of them and capturing several prisoners. He died of gas wounds, on 2nd May 1918, aged 26.

Buried: Pernes British Cemetery, France. Plot 2. Row A. Grave 31.

Pernes British Cemetery

Sergeant Francis Bark is also commemorated on the following local memorials:-
All Saint’s Church War Memorial, Curbar, Derbyshire.
Bakewell and District War Memorial Cottage Hospital Porch War Memorial, Bakewell, Derbyshire.