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John Thomas BAKER

Regimental number1625
Place of birthKilfinane, Co Limerick, Ireland
Place of birthKilfinane, Limerick, Ireland
SchoolChristian Brothers School
Age on arrival in Australia14
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressGuthrie Street, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation29
Height5' 9"
Weight157 lbs
Next of kinMrs H Baker, Guthrie Stret, Paddington, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date16 September 1914
Place of enlistmentEnoggera, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentSaddler
Unit nameField Artillery Brigade 3, Battery 7
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/31/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A22 Rangatira on 25 September 1914
Rank from Nominal RollSaddler
Unit from Nominal Roll3rd Artillery Brigade
Other details from Roll of Honour CircularFought at Gallipoli, on the Somme, at Ypres, and at Baupaume. He was sent to Tel-el-Kebir, Egypt got tied of the inactivity, and volunteered to be sent to active service. He was due for Anzac furlough when he was killed.
FateDied of wounds 20 May 1918
Place of death or woundingFrankvillers, France
Date of death20 May 1918
Place of burialVignacourt British Cemetery (Plot II, Row B, Grave No. 13), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
Family/military connectionsCousin: Jack WINIFRED, LH, killed at the Gallipoli landing. [This soldier cannot be identified.]
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Proceeded to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, 4 April 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australia General Hospital, Heliopolis, 8 November 1915; discharged to duty, Cairo, 17 November 1915. Transferred to 4th Artillery Division, Tel-el-Kebir, 27 February 1916; taken on strength of 21st Howitzer Brigade, Tel-el-Kebir, and posted to 103rd Battery, 6 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria and proceeded to join the British Expeditionary Force, 23 March 1916; promoted to rank of Temporary Corporal, 23 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, 1 April 1916; promoted to Corporal, 5 May 1916, and mustered as Saddler; taken on strength of 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 15 May 1916; moved out from Infantry Drafting Depot, Perham Downs, 25 February 1917. Proceeded to France under escort on SS 'Golden Eagle', 26 February 1917; marched into Australian General Base Depot, France, 27 February 1917; taken on strength of 1st Division Australian Field Artillery, 2 March 1917; rejoined 3rd Field Artillery Brigade, 4 March 1917.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 28 March 1917, of being absent without leave, 12.00 pm, 2 February, to 9.00 pm, 2 February 1917: sentenced to have taken rank and precedence in the army from 16 October 1916.

Found guilty in the field, 3 June 1917, of being absent without leave, 10.00 pm, 18 May, to 5.00 pm, 28 May 1917: reverted to ranks at own request; forfeited total of 11 days' pay.

Found guilty in the field, 9 July 1917, of being absent without leave, 6.30 am, 3 July, to 11.30 am, 5 July 1917: awarded 5 days' Field Punishment No 2: forfeited total of 8 days' pay.

Proceeded on leave to England, 24 September 1917; rejoined unit from leave, 10 October 1917.

Admitted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station, 1 December 1917 (rheumatism); to Ambulance Train No 14, 5 December 1917; admitted to 57th General Hospital, 5 December 1917; transferred to 7th Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, 16 December 1917 (myalgia); discharged to duty, 22 January 1918; rejoined unit from hospital, 29 January 1918.

Found guilty by Field General Court Martial, 20 February 1918, of being absent without leave, 22 October, to 8 November 1917: sentenced to 30 days' Field Punishment No 2.

Admitted to 61st Casualty Clearing Station, 20 May 1918 (gun shot wound, leg; compressed fracture).

Died of wounds, 20 May 1918. Buried at Vignacourt British Cemetery, 8 miles North by Northwest of Amiens.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAKER John Thomas

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