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Henry Howard BAKER

Regimental number8567
Place of birthGawler, South Australia
SchoolPublic Schgool and Gawler South Grammar School, South Australia
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationFitter
AddressReid Street, Gawler, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation30
Next of kinMother, Mrs Emma Selina Baker, Reid Street, Gawler, South Australia
Enlistment date12 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll29 July 1915
Rank on enlistmentSergeant (Wheeler)
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 6, Battery 18
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/34/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A34 Persic on 22 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Distinguished Conduct Medal


Recommendation date: 28 September 1917

FateKilled in Action 7 November 1917
Place of death or woundingDickebusch, Belgium
Age at death from cemetery records32
Place of burialThe Huts Cemetery, (Plot XIV, Row B, Grave No. 6), Belgium
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
14
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: William Henry and Emma Selina BAKER, Reid Street, Gawler, South Australia
Medals

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the guns being moved under shell fire, one gun became bogged. This N.C.O. remained under continuous fire until he got the gun cleared. Later, during hostile counter attack, when the battery came under fire, he single handed, succeeded in extinguishing fires which had broken out in two of the pits. He subsequently rendered invaluable service in getting the guns back into position at a time when their fire was of the greatest value. His conduct had the greatest effect on the rest of the personnel and is worthy of the highest praise.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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