|Place of birth||Spreyton, Devonshire, England|
|Age on arrival in Australia||19|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Springton, Clydesdale Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia|
|Age at embarkation||24|
|Next of kin||Wife, Mrs Florence Baker, Springton, Clydesdale Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia|
|Previous military service||Nil|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Place of enlistment||Perth, Western Australia|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||16th Battalion, 7th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/33/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Fremantle, Western Australia, on board HMAT A51 Chilka on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||16th Battalion|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Mouquet Farm, Pozieres, France|
|Age at death from cemetery records||31|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||Australian 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|
|Parents: Stephen and Rhoda BAKER, husband of Florence J.C. BAKER, 19 Clydesdale Street, Victoria Park, Western Australia. Born at Spreyton, Devon, England~|
War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front
Taken on strength, 16th Bn, Gallipoli, 2 August 1915; admitted to 1st Australian Stationary Hospital, Mudros, 9 August 1916; transferred to St David's Hospital, Malta, 21 August 1915 (gun shout wound, shrapnel wound, deafness); to England, 25 August 1915; to 2nd London General Hospital, Chelsea, 3 September 1915; marched into No 3 Command Depot, Weymouth, 16 October 1915.
Disembarked Alexandria, 15 January 1916; rejoined unit, Ismailia, 15 January 1916.
Embarked Alexandria, 1 June 1916 to join British Expeditionary Force; disembarked Marseilles, France, 9 June 1916.
Missing in action, France, 31 August 1916; reported killed in action, 31 August 1916.Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BAKER Bob Heard|