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Walter Ernest BAKER

Regimental number2463
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSaw miller
AddressMaldon Hill, Trentham, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Weight152 lbs
Next of kinFather, Joseph Baker, 128 Stanhope Street, Hampshire Road, London, England
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date13 July 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll6 July 1915
Place of enlistmentMelbourne, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name22nd Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/39/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board RMS Osterley on 29 September 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Trench Mortar Battery
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work at Mont St. Quentin on 1 September 1918.
Recommendation date: 13 September 1918

FateReturned to Australia 5 September 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'At MT. ST. QUENTIN near PERONNE on the 1st September, 1918 this man displayed great courage in carrying Stokes Mortar ammunition up to the front line. He repeatedly throughout the day carried ammunition through a heavy shell-fire barrage and kept the guns supplied. In order to spell some of the tired gun crews he served one of the guns and remained at the post although in an exposed position for 19 hours, exhibiting great energy and courage.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Discharge date24 December 1919
Other details

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

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