BAKER, Percy

Service Number: 5437
Enlisted: 28 April 1916, Adelaide, South Australia
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 27th Infantry Battalion
Born: Baroota, South Australia, 3 November 1881
Home Town: Streaky Bay, Streaky Bay, South Australia
Schooling: Franklin Harbour State School
Occupation: Farmer
Died: Died of wounds, France, 2 March 1917, aged 35 years
Cemetery: Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Dernancourt, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Streaky Bay War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

28 Apr 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, SN 5437, Adelaide, South Australia
12 Aug 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5437, 27th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
12 Aug 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, SN 5437, 27th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ballarat, Adelaide
2 Mar 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, SN 5437, 27th Infantry Battalion, German Withdrawal to Hindenburg Line and Outpost Villages

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Biography contributed by Lily Van Weenen

Percy Baker was born on the 3 of November 1881, in Port Germein, South Australia. Percy’s parents were Joseph Henry Baker and Caroline Newbold. He grew up in Baroota, South Australia, following the Church of England as his religion. He attended Franklin Harbour State School then graduated to become a farmer. Later married and had children. Percy Baker also had a brother. His name was Elva Cuthbert Baker, and he was in the military. He was in the 15th Infantry and his service number was 4741.

Percy Baker enlisted for the army in 1916 on the 28th of April in Adelaide South Australia, although he had no previous military experience prior to the war. He was admitted to the 27th Infantry Battalion, 14th Reinforcement. Percy's rank was private and his service number was 5437. Percy Baker and his battalion set sail on the 12th of August 1916 via the ship HMAT A70 Ballarat.

Percy Baker died in action on the 2nd March 1917 at aged 35. It was recorded that he died of wounds during the battle in Warlencout, France. Percy Baker was awarded the British War and Victory Medal post service. Percy Baker was buried at the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. Information can also be found at the Adelaide National War Memorial (WW1), Australian War Memorial and Roll of Honour. His panel number at the Roll of Honour, Australian War Memorial is 109.



Son of Joseph Henry BAKER and Caroline nee NEWBOLD