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Arthur Ernest Leonard BAKER

Regimental number111
Date of birth--/02/1895
Place of birthCobden, Victoria
SchoolLarpent State School, Victoria
AddressLarpent, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 6.5"
Weight130 lbs
Next of kinFather, E Baker, Larpent, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets and the Citizen Military Forces, Colac, Victoria.
Enlistment date14 January 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 January 1915
Place of enlistmentColac, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A38 Ulysses on 10 May 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll22nd Battalion
FateKilled in Action 3 May 1917
Place of death or woundingnear Bullecourt, France
Age at death22.3
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: Mr and Mrs F.E. and E.J. BAKER. Born at Larpent, Victoria
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 30 August 1915; to hospital, Anzac, 23 November 1915 (ulcer, hand); to St Elmo Hospital, Malta, 4 December 1915 (septic hand); to St Peter's Hospital, Malta, 5 January 1916; discharged for duty, 26 January 1916; embarked for Egypt, 31 February 1916; rejoined 22nd Bn, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force, 19 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 26 March 1916.

Appointed Lance Corporal, France, 21 August 1916.

Admitted to 13th Australian Field Ambulance, 30 January 1917 (scabies); transferred to Australian Stationary Hospital, 31 January 1917; to 38th Casualty Clearing Station, 4 February 1917; to 5th Divisional Rest Station, 9 March 1917; discharged 21 March 1917; rejoined 22nd Bn, 24 March 1917.

Killed in action, France, 3 May 1917.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAKER Arthur Ernest Leonard

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