The Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Private A E Baker


Private Albert  Edward BAKER,  S/806, 1st  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment, killed in action,  France and Flanders, 21st March 1915.

Born Walworth, London, Surrey. Son  of George Baker, 154 Silwood Street, Deptford, London.

Home, 27th September 1897 to 12th September 1899; Egypt 13th September 1899 to 4th March 1900; Home 5th March 1900 to 15th March 1900; South Africa 16th March 1900 to 4th November 1902; Ceylon, 5th November 1902 to 31st January 1905; Home 1st February 1905 to 26th September 1909.

Previously served 16 years Royal West Kent Regiment, Territorial Force, Service No.5026. Enlisted London, 27th September 1897, age 18, height 5ft 4 inches, weight 118lbs, labourer, serving in 3rd Battalion, Militia, Royal West Kent Regiment. 27th September 1897, posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd October 1897 to 29th October 1897, Maidstone, tonsillitis; 11th January 1898, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 19th July 1899 to 26th July 1899, Chatham, tonsillitis; 12th May 1902, awaiting Trial; 16th May 1902, Field General Court Martial, 88 days of Service not to count towards pension; 1st June 1903, Mounted Infantry Certificate; 29th August 1903 to 6th October 1903, Colombo, gonorrhea; 20th April 1904, fitted with steel truss right side.

7th May 1904, awarded 3rd Class certificate of education; 14th July 1904, awarded swimming certificate; 3rd February 1905, to Army Reserve; 26th September 1909, discharged first period; 24th January 1910, enlisted for Sec D, Army Reserve, age 31, height 5ft 5 inches, fitters labourer; 23rd January 1914, Termination of Engagement, 4 years.

25th December 1905, Holy Trinity Church, Bermondsey, married Louisa Eaves, spinster, 16 Czar Street, Deptford, Kent.

Children - Martha Baker, born 26th November 1906, Deptford; Timothy Harry Baker, born 8th November 1909, Deptford; John George Baker, born 28th July 1911, born Deptford.

1911 Census - 16 Czar Street, Deptford, Kent - Albert Edward Baker, head, age 31, married, fitters labourer, born Walworth, London; Louisa Baker, wife, age 28, married 5 years, 3 children, 2 still alive, born Bermondsey, London; Martha Baker, daughter, age 4, born Deptford, London;  Timothy Baker, son, age 1, born Deptford, London.

Enlisted Deptford, Kent, age 35, height 5ft 6 inches, weight 152lbs, brown eyes, black hairscar back of head, female both forearms. Formerly fitter.

Home 14th September 1914 to 6th December 1914; BEF, 7th December 1914 to 21st March 1915.

14th September 1914, enlisted & posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 24th October 1914, Fort Darland, overstaying his pass from 9.30pm until 10.20pm 25th October 1914, 7 days Field Punishment No.2., forfeits 2 days pay; 7th December 1914, posted BEF & 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 22nd December 1914, appointed unpaid lance Corporal;

4th Ootober 1915, awarded pension of 20/6 a week for widow and three children.

Commemorated at Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Panels 45 and 47,Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

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