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George Ernest Anthony BAKER

Regimental number882
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
SchoolLe Fever Peninsula State School, Adelaide, South Australia
Other trainingHigh School, Adelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressWilson Street, Birkenhead, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs Elizabeth Baker, Wilson Street, Birkenhead, South Australia
Previous military serviceServed in the Citizen Military Forces.
Enlistment date31 August 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll31 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name10th Battalion, D Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/27/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board Transport A11 Ascanius on 20 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll10th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Recommendation date: 6 December 1915

Other details from Roll of Honour CircularWounded at Gallipoli, 25 April 1915, and in France, 1916. Killed by a sniper.
FateKilled in Action 8 April 1917
Place of death or woundingBullecourt, France
Date of death8 April 1917
Age at death from cemetery records22
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsAustralian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux is a village about 15 km east of Amiens. The Memorial stands on the high ground ('Hill 104') behind the Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Fouilloy, which is about 2 km north of Villers-Bretonneux on the east side of the road to Fouilloy.

The Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux is approached through the Military Cemetery, at the end of which is an open grass lawn which leads into a three-sided court. The two pavilions on the left and right are linked by the north and south walls to the back (east) wall, from which rises the focal point of the Memorial, a 105 foot tall tower, of fine ashlar. A staircase leads to an observation platform, 64 feet above the ground, from which further staircases lead to an observation room. This room contains a circular stone tablet with bronze pointers indicating the Somme villages whose names have become synonymous with battles of the Great War; other battle fields in France and Belgium in which Australians fought; and far beyond, Gallipoli and Canberra.

On the three walls, which are faced with Portland stone, are the names of 10,885 Australians who were killed in France and who have no known grave. The 'blocking course' above them bears the names of the Australian Battle Honours.

After the war an appeal in Australia raised £22,700, of which £12,500 came from Victorian school children, with the request that the majority of the funds be used to build a new school in Villers-Bretonneux. The boys' school opened in May 1927, and contains an inscription stating that the school was the gift of Victorian schoolchildren, twelve hundred of whose fathers are buried in the Villers-Bretonneux cemetery, with the names of many more recorded on the Memorial. Villers-Bretonneux is now twinned with Robinvale, Victoria, which has in its main square a memorial to the links between the two towns.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George Alexander and Elizabeth Ethel BAKER, Fussell Place, Alberton, South Australia

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry at Anzac, Gallipoli Peninsula, on 7th November 1915. One of the enemy's shell fell in the gun pit, exploded seven rounds of 18-pdr ammunition, and set fire to the brushwood, threatening a magazine. Private Baker was one of a small party which beat out the fire, regardless of the danger of being blown up by the explosion of the magazine.'
Source: 'London Gazette', Supplement
Date: 15 March 1916

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