South Yorkshire Police seek family of fallen soldier

Military Medal
Military Medal

Police chiefs want to find the relatives of a fallen soldier whose military medal has been found in a cupboard.

The medal, awarded posthumously to Sergeant Francis Bark, from Derbyshire, has been found in a cupboard at South Yorkshire Police HQ at Carbrook, Sheffield.

Force inquiries have established that Mr Bark was the only son of John and Margaret Bark, from Fareham, Hampshire.

At some point between 1911 and 1916, he and his family moved to Curbar, Derbyshire.

Mr Bark joined Sheffield Police and was later enlisted to fight in the First World War with the 8th Battalion (Notts and Derby Regiment, The Sherwood Foresters).

It is thought Mr Bark was injured on April 27, 1918 and lost his life at the age of 26 on May 2.

He was buried in Pernes British Cemetery in Pas de Calais.

Mr Bark received the Military Medal for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire, posthumously.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: "We're appealing for your help in returning a Military Medal to the family of a fallen soldier.

"Locked in a cupboard at our police HQ, we've found a Military Medal awarded posthumously to Sergeant Francis Bark.

"Francis received the Military Medal, for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire, posthumously.

"Francis’ bravery deserves to be properly honoured and so we’re keen to hear from anyone who may know more of Francis’ story or may have links to him. "

Email engagement@southyorks.pnn.police.uk