Victor Roy BAKER

BAKER, Victor Roy

Service Number: 4146
Enlisted: 7 October 1915, Holsworthy, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd Infantry Battalion
Born: Yamba, New South Wales, Australia, March 1889
Home Town: Yamba, Clarence Valley, New South Wales
Schooling: Lower Palmers Island Public School, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation: Labourer
Died: Self-Inflicted Revolver-Shot Wound, Fargo Military Hospital, Wiltshire, England, United Kingdom, 6 May 1917
Cemetery: Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire
Grave 243
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Yamba War Memorial
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World War 1 Service

7 Oct 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Holsworthy, New South Wales
20 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, HMAT Aeneas, A60, Sydney
30 Dec 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4146, 3rd Infantry Battalion
30 Dec 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 4146, 3rd Infantry Battalion, HMAT Aeneas, Sydney
14 Feb 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Initially with the 13th Reinforcements for the 3rd Infantry Battalion, Victor was transferred to the 2nd Infantry Battalion when in Egypt on 14 February 1916.
23 Apr 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 2nd Infantry Battalion, Victor was transferred to Lahore Indian General Hospital in Calais with acute nephritis and bronchitis and from there to No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital at Harefield in England.
31 Jul 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Private, 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, HAREFIELD, Victor was discharged from hospital and transferred to No. 2 Command Depot at Weymouth (Monte Video Camp) for return to Australia. On 1 September 1916 he was transferred to Perham Downs (No. 1 Command Depot at that time) for home Service Detail/Hospital Orderly Duties
6 May 1917: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 4146, 2nd Infantry Battalion

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Biography contributed by Evan Evans

The summary below was completed by Cathy Sedgwick – Facebook “WW1 Australian War Graves in England/UK

Died on this date - 6th May.......Private Victor Roy Baker was born at Palmer’s Island near Clarence River, New South Wales. His birth was registered in the district of Maclean, NSW in 1889. Victor enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on 7th October, 1915 as a 26 year old Labourer from Yamba, NSW.

Private Baker embarked from Sydney, NSW on 30th December, 1915 & disembarked at Egypt. He was admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance with Mumps on 3rd March, 1916. He recovered & was sent to France on 28th March, 1916.

Private Baker was sent to Field Ambulance on 19th April, 1916 with Influenza. He was admitted to Lahore General Hospital on 23rd April, 1916 with nephritis. Private Baker was invalided to England with acute Nephritis & Bronchitis on 11th May, 1916. He was admitted to Hospital on 24th July, 1916 with nephritis.

Private Victor Roy Baker was admitted sick to Fargo Military Hospital on 2nd May, 1917. He died on 6th May, 1917 of Gunshot wounds to right chest (Self Inflicted).

A Coroner’s Court was held at Fargo on 8th May, 1917 & the Jury’s Verdict was “Victor Roy Baker died on 6th day of May, 1917 at Fargo Military Hospital from the effects of a self-inflicted revolver-shot wound and so do further say that the said Victor Roy Baker not being of sound mind did kill himself.”

Private Victor Roy Baker was buried on 10th May, 1917 at Durrington Cemetery, Wiltshire. There are 140 other WW1 Soldiers buried in Durrrington Cemetery.

(The above is a summary of my research. The full research can be found by following the link below)