William Charles BAKER

BAKER, William Charles

Service Number: 2589
Enlisted: 8 August 1915, Sydney, New South Wales
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 17th Infantry Battalion
Born: Burra, South Australia, January 1891
Home Town: Broken Hill, Broken Hill Municipality, New South Wales
Schooling: Broken Hill Central State School
Occupation: Electrical Mechanic
Died: Killed in Action, France, 26 July 1916
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, Picardie, France
Memorials: Adelaide National War Memorial, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Broken Hill B.H. Globe Timber Co. Ltd. Honour Roll, Broken Hill Barrier District Roll of Honour, Broken Hill Railwaytown War Memorial, Broken Hill War Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux Memorial (Australian National Memorial - France)
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World War 1 Service

8 Aug 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Private, 2589, Sydney, New South Wales
2 Nov 1915: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2589, 17th Infantry Battalion, Enlistment/Embarkation WW1, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '12' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Euripides embarkation_ship_number: A14 public_note: ''
2 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Private, 2589, 17th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Euripides, Sydney
26 Jul 1916: Involvement AIF WW1, Private, 2589, 17th Infantry Battalion, Battle for Pozières

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Biography contributed by John Edwards

"...2589 Private William Charles Baker, 17th Battalion, of Haberfield, NSW. Son of William Henry and Matilda Baker, of Broken Hill, NSW. An electrical mechanic prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Euripides (A14) on 2 November 1915. He was killed in action in France on 26 July 1916, aged 25. He was buried in the vicinity of Pozieres, France. Post war his grave was not found and he is remembered with honour on the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial, France." - SOURCE (www.awm.gov.au)


Private W. C. Baker was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Baker, of Crystal-street, Broken Hill. He was killed in action in France. Private Baker, prior to the war, was an electrician in Sydney, and was well known in Broken Hill. He enlisted in September last, and left Australia on November 2." - from the Adelaide Chronicle 07 Oct 1916 (nla.gov.au)