Henry Howard BAKER DCM

BAKER, Henry Howard

Service Number: 8567
Enlisted: 12 August 1915, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Wheeler Sergeant
Last Unit: 6th Field Artillery Brigade
Born: Gawler, South Australia , 15 December 1884
Home Town: Gawler, Gawler, South Australia
Schooling: Gawler Public School and Gawler South Grammar School
Occupation: Fitter
Died: Killed in Action, Belgium, 7 November 1917, aged 32 years
Cemetery: The Huts Cemetery, ​Dickebusch, Belgium
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Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 1 Service

12 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 8567, Adelaide, South Australia
1 Nov 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Wheeler Sergeant, 6th Field Artillery Brigade
22 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Wheeler Sergeant, 8567, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
22 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Wheeler Sergeant, 8567, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , HMAT Persic, Melbourne
25 Sep 1917: Honoured Distinguished Conduct Medal, Polygon Wood
7 Nov 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Wheeler Sergeant, 8567, 6th Field Artillery Brigade , 2nd Passchendaele

Distinguished Conduct Medal

On the night 24/25th September 1917 at HOOGE when his Battery was moving its position a gun got bogged under shell fire. BAKER remained under the continuous fire until he got the gun clear. Later on the same night an 8" shell blew a big hole in the track over which the guns were advancing to the new position. Taking charge of a few men he made a new track around this hole notwithstanding the hostile fire. On the morning of the 26th September during the hostile counter attack this Battery came under heavy fire, No 4 gun being hit and the whole of the detachment killed, whilst No 3 gun and the ammunition caught fire. The Battery Commander was wounded simultaneously. Notwithstanding the heavy fire Baker single-handed attacked the fires and eventually got them out, and subsequently during this action under continuous fire rendered invaluable service getting the guns back into action at a time when their fire was of the greatest value. His conduct had the greatest effect on the remainder of the personnel and is worthy of the highest rewards.

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Son of William Henry BAKER and Emma Selina nee PINSON

Awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal