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William Henry BAKER

Regimental number3036
Place of birthCooktown Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressCooktown, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation23
Next of kinMother, Mrs Bridget Diviny, West Coast Hotel, Cooktown, Queensland
Enlistment date4 November 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll4 November 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name41st Battalion, 7th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/58/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 7 February 1917
Rank from Nominal RollLance Corporal
Unit from Nominal Roll1st Machine Gun Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 18 July 1919

Distinguished Conduct Medal

'From 28 February to 16 September 1918, he has carried out the duties of company runner, and by his courage and devotion to duty has been of great assistance to the company commander. On several occasions he has taken urgent despatches to section officers through enemy barrages. In the operations in August and September, he was constantly running between the line and headquarters, and was mainly responsible for the good communications existing between sections and headquarters.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 135
Date: 11 December 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Distinguished Conduct Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death2 June 1974
Place of burialCooktown Cemetery

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