The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Lance Corporal H E R Baker


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Lance Corporal Harry Ernest Richard BAKER, G/4384,  2nd  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, (formerly GSSR 52 Royal West Surrey Regiment) died in Station Hospital, Coloba, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 27th March 1916, age 42.

30th August 1873, born Greenwich, SE, son of John and Margaret Baker, 21 Addiscombe, Surrey.

15th April 1874, Greenwich, Kent, baptised.

31st March 1907, Christ Church, West Croydon, Surrey, marriage of Harry Ernest Richard Baker, age 33, bachelor, window cleaner, 31 Albion Street, father John Baker (deceased), Labourer &  Ellen Elizabeth Gertrude Boon, age 32, spinster, 32 Albion Street, father Albert Boon (deceased), decorator.

Previously served 16 years with Royal West Kent Regiment, time expired.

Enlisted Croydon, Surrey, age 40, height 5ft 6 inches, weight 1258lbs, tattoo both forearms, one third of pay allotted to wife. Formerly window cleaner. Resided 9 Campbell Road, West Croydon, Surrey / Keeley Road., West Croydon, London.

Home 21st August 1914 to 2nd February 1915; BEF 3rd February 1915 to 4th March 1915; Home 5th March 1915 to 9th December 1915; IEF, 10th December 1915 to 27th March 1916.

21st August 1914, enlisted into Royal West Surrey Regiment; 28th August 1914, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment; 10th September 1914, posted 5th Battalion, Royal West Surrey Regiment; 6th November 1914, transferred to 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 23rd November 1914, appointed unpaid Lance Corporal; 1st February 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 2nd February 1915, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 6th February 1915, to England, not yet diagnosed; 23rd February 1915 to 5th March 1915, Netley Hospital, bronchitis; 5th March 1915, posted 3rd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment & automatically reverts to unpaid lance Corporal; 1st August 1915, appointed paid Lance Corporal; 10th December 1915, posted Indian Expeditionary Force, & 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 10th December 1915, embarked Keynham Dockyard; 8th January 1916, disembarked Ashar; 23rd January 1916, Kurma, admitted to hospital, diarrhea; 4th February 1916, discharged from hospital; 25th February 1916, Basrah, admitted to Hospital, NVD (neurovegetative dystonia), Mental; 14th March 1916, transferred sick to India by Hospital Ship; 27th March 1916, died in Station Hospital, Coloba, from fracture of base of skull.

1st January 1917, pension of 10/- a week awarded to widow. increased to 13/9 a week from 4th April 1917.

19th January 1922, Records Office sent Mrs E Baker of 13 Keeley Road., West Croydon, London, a photograph received from India of the soldiers grave.

Commemorated at Kirkee 1914 -1918 Memorial, Face E, India. Buried N/7.F.1.


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