Barry Mathews better known to his mates as Baz or Bazza grew up like any Aboriginal Australian child would school during the week and footy on the weekends. His dad a cash in hand sparky which Barry would follow the footsteps of and his mum worked in a daycare whenever they were short staffed for a few extra bucks took care of him as best they could and taught him the values which he holds today. Family and country pride were the main values that were drilled into him early by his father who bought him his southern cross tattoo at 16 on his upper right arm. The whole time the tattoo's worked his dad sat there telling him to harden up "real men" don't show pain they pick themselves up and carry one Barry knew his dad was only trying to toughen him up for the world but sometimes it would take a turn for the worst when his father would go upside his head after getting back from a day at the pub after work telling him that he is soft like his mother and that he thought he was raising a son not a daughter. In some ways he was grateful his dad was a mean drunk because it gave him his sense of right and wrong which did get him in trouble in school a few times not being able to stand the sight of bullies being bullies.
Barry's father passed away when he was 19 leaving him to take care of his mum In some ways he was grateful his dad was a mean drunk because it gave him his sense of right and wrong which did get him in trouble in school and in life as he was not able to stand the sight of someone being bullied or abused. He met his best mate on a cash in hand job Daren who he would later move in with once he got his mum sorted and she was able to survive on her own without his financial support. Darren and Barry were in separable doing most things together Barry was even there when Daren proposed to his soon to be wife Emily. Days leading up to the wedding were hard as Darren and Barry spent less and less time together but decided just cause Darren is getting married doesn't mean that their friendship is gonna end so to show that they decided to do a weeks trip of Europe as Darren's bachelor party with a few other mates.
The Europe trip was great up until they hit Russia and they heard about the dead rising in a near by country non of them had really ever heard of. A night out on the piss and no memory the boys find themselves passed out in the woods of Chernarus just passed the Russian border it seems the boys in their blacked out state thought it would be a "sick idea" if they went and saw these dead guys for themselves. Not wanting to look scared or soft to the other boys of the group they continued on into Chernarus to prove how they were "harder" than the other boys in the group Barry even engaging in a fist fight with one of the dead they encountered to the applause of the other lads.
One by one the boys began to drop to foolish antics trying to one up each other until it was just Barry and a badly injured Darren. Stopping in an abandoned house Darren pulled Barry close with tears in his eyes. "Baz look mate you're my best mate you know that right I don't think i'm gonna make it and you know it too mate." Barry went to stop him but Darren shushed him and shook his head. "Mate don't be silly alright you know i'm a goner just look you take care of yourself and if you can get outta here get to Emily we don't know if this is gonna stay here look after for me you... sick... cun..." Darren's eyes slowly closed as a last breathe escaped his body Barry not sure if he would turn took a near by chair and put the leg through Darren's head before breaking down crying in his time of need he thought back to the time he got his tattoo his father telling him men don't show pain they pick themselves up and carry on. Barry nodded at the body of his dead mate before rising to his feet knowing what he needed to do. Barry turned a radio on that he nicked from bedroom of the house and began listening for potential work to keep himself busy until he was able to go find Emily.