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Frank Edward BAKER

Regimental number2758
Place of birthAdelaide, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
AddressAdelaide, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 6"
Weight124 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Maria Baker, Quorn, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date4 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 January 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/49/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A9 Shropshire on 25 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 2 January 1919
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)File gives 7 June 1931 as date of death.
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Photo: Brian McLauchlan
Discharge date5 April 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 20 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 30 June 1916.

Found guilty, 12 July 1916, of disobeying an order in that he was found out of barracks without a pass, 30 June 1917: awarded 2 days' confined to camp.

Admitted to 24th General Hospital, Etaples, 15 July 12916 (measles); marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, 24 July 1916.

Admitted to 26th General Hospital, 9 August 1916 (not yet diagnosed: lung); transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot, 17 August 1916 (bronchitis); marched in to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, 6 October 1916; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 15 October 1916.

Admitted to 8th Field Ambulance, 12 November 1916, and transferred same day to 39th Casualty Clearing Station (measles and tonsilitis); to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 4 December 1916; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, Rouen, 6 December 1916; to 5th Australian Division Base Depot, 10 December 1916; rejoined Bn, in the field, 23 December 1916.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 January 1917 (influenza), and transferred same day to Anzac Corps Rest Station; to 36th Casualty Clearing Station, 22 January 1917; to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 24 January 1917; to England, 29 January 1917, and admitted to Bath War Hospital, 30 January 1917 (laryngitis); discharged on furlough, 21 February 1917, to report to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 8 March 1917.

Marched in to No 4 Command Depot, 4 March 1917.

Admitted to Military Hospital, Wareham, 27 April 1917 (mumps); discharged to Training Depot, 16 May 1917.

Proceeded overseas to France, 14 October 1917; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 26 October 1917.

Detached to 2nd Army School as batman, 9 February 1918; rejoined Bn, 17 March 1918.

Admitted to 14th Australian Field Ambulance, 29 April 1918 (boils, left leg), and transferred same day to 4th Casualty Clearing Station; to 8th General Hospital, Rouen, 2 May 1918; to No 2 Convalescent Depot, 3 May 1918.

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital, 24 May 1918 (pyrexia); transferred to Convalescent Depot, 26 May 1918; rejoined Bn, in the field, 18 June 1918.

Wounded in action, 29 September 1918 (gun shot wound, right knee), admitted to 141st Field Ambulance and then transferred to 5th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 25, 30 September 1918, and admitted same day to 6th General Hospital, Rouen; transferred to England, 3 October 1918, and admitted to Central Military Hospital, Weymouth, 4 October 1918 (wounds: severe); discharged to No 2 Command Depot, Weymouth, 15 November 1918.

Marched in to No 1 Command Depot, Sutton Veny, 13 December 1918.

Found guilty, 16 December 1918, of being absent without leave from 1500, 12 December, to 1600, 13 December 1918: admonished, and forfeited 2 days' pay.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karmala', 2 January 1919; disembarked Fremantle, 8 February 1919, for onward travel to Adelaide by HT 'Morvada'; discharged (medically unfit: gun shot wound, right knee), Adelaide, 5 April 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death7 June 1929
Place of burialPayneham Cemetery, South Australia
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAKER Frank Edward

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