Walter Forbes BAKER

BAKER, Walter Forbes

Service Number: 795
Enlisted: 19 January 1916, Melbourne, Victoria
Last Rank: Corporal
Last Unit: 39th Infantry Battalion
Born: Bordertown, South Australia, 16 January 1890
Home Town: Bordertown, Tatiara, South Australia
Schooling: Bordertown State School
Occupation: Teacher
Died: Died of wounds (GSW abdomen), Ploegsteert, Belgium, France, 1 February 1917, aged 27 years
Cemetery: Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais
Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 9. Also panel 130 at the AWM, Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord Pas de Calais, France
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Swan Hill War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

19 Jan 1916: Enlisted AIF WW1, Melbourne, Victoria
27 May 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 795, 39th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1
27 May 1916: Embarked AIF WW1, Corporal, 795, 39th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Ascanius, Melbourne
23 Nov 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Corporal, 795, 39th Infantry Battalion

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SA Birth Record

Father  Walter John Baker and Mother Adelaide Marie Baker (nee Forbes), c/o Kadina, SA.
9/11/1922 mother passed away.


Eldest brother:  P Baker, Bordertown, SA  (31/10/1922 noted had passed away)

Brother:           #1936  Private George Forbes BAKER (b. 18/3/1881 Mt Gambier - d. ____)
                       (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 257 Page: 203 District: Gre.)
                       12th Field Artillery Brigade
                       returned to Australia, 28/3/1919

Brother:           Alan Forbes  (b. 26/8/1884 - d. _____)
                       (SA Birth Record 1842 - 1906 Book: 334 Page: 388 District: Gre.)

Sister:              Adelaide Forbes Baker  (b. 6/3/1887 Bordertown SA - d. ____)
                       (SA Birth record 1842 - 1906 Book: 599 Page: 356 District: Wel.)

Last lived at Tyntynder South, via Swan Hill, Victoria

Described on enlisting as 26 years old; single; 5' 3.5" tall; 123 lbs; dark complexion;
brown eyes; black hair; Church of England.

19/1/1916        Enlisted in Melbourne
                        Completed medical - fit for service

225/1916         Commanding Officer appointed Walter to C Company, 39th Battalion
                        Ballarat Camp

27/5/1916        Embarked from Melbourne on board HMAT Ascanius A11
                        as a Corporal with the 39th Battalion, 10th Infantry Brigade

18/7/1916        disembarked into Davenport, England
                       commenced 4 months training

23/11/1916      Proceeded overseas to France, ex Southampton, England

9/12/1916        moved into the trenches of the Western Front for the first time
                        just in time for the onset of the terrible winter of 1916-17.

10/1/1917        Appointed Lance Corporal

31/1/1917        Gun shot wound to abdomen wounded in action near Armentieres, France

1/2/1917          He died of his wounds
                        in the No. 2 Australian Casualty Clearing Station, France (28 years old).

buried in:        Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, France.
                        Plot I, Row E, Grave No. 9

British War Medal (39666), Victory Medal (39282) ;
Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll (315410).

1922              both parents had passed away.

Sourced and submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  13/11/2014.  Lest we forget.