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Private Thomas BAKER, L/9608, 2nd  Battalion, Queens Own Royal West Kent Regiment,  died, Mesopotamia Expeditionary Force, 30th September 1916, age 24.

Born Four Elms, Edenbridge, Kent, son of George and Sarah Ann Baker, of 2 Holmwood Cottages, Four Elms, near Edenbridge, Kent. Older Brother, George Baker,  Royal West Kent Regiment.

Formerly served 4th Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment.


1911 Census - Holmwood Cottage, Four Elms - George Baker, head, age 58, married, cowman on farm, born Edenbridge, Kent; Annie Baker, wife age 48, married 20 years, 9 children, 6 still alive, born Chiddingstone, Kent; Ethel Baker, daughter, age 19, single, born Hever, Kent; Thomas Baker, son, age 17, fram labourer, born Edenbridge, Kent; Edwin Baker, son, age 16, single, drapery clerk, born Edenbridge, Kent; Daisy Baker, daughter, age 11, school, born Edenbridge, Kent; James Baker, son, age 9, school, born Edenbridge, Kent; Charles Baker, son, age 6, school, born Hever, Kent.


Enlisted Tonbridge, Kent, age 18, height 6ft 1 inch, weight 146lbs, scar over right eyebrow, scar in right eyelid. Formerly unskilled labour.

Home 9th June1911 to 21st October 1913; 22nd October 1913 to 31st January 1915;  Indian Expeditionary Force "D", 1st February 1915 to 30th September 1916.

9th June 1911, enlisted 7 posted Depot, Royal West Kent Regiment; 9th October 1911, posted 1st Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 20th November 1911 to 19th December 1911, Dublin Hospital, stricture urethra; 13th January 1912 to 7th March 1912, Dublin Military Hospital, gonorrhea; 10th March 1912 to 22nd April 1912, Dublin Arbor Hill, gonorrhea; 23rd April 1912, absent from Tattoo, 5 days confined to Barracks; 17th June 1912, having a corroded rifle, 7 days confined to Barracks; 3rd July 1912, absent from Tattoo, 3 days confined to Barracks; 20th July 1912, absent from Tattoo, 7th days confined to Barracks; 3rd August 1912, absent from Tattoo, 7 days confined to Barracks; 17th August 1912, absent from Tattoo, 3 days confined to Barracks; 4th September 1912, having a dirty rifle on Parade, 5 days confined to Barracks; 20th September 1912, absent from Tattoo, 7 days confined to Barracks; 8th September 1912, awarded 3rd Class Certificate of Education; 21st December 1912, passed in transport duties; 13th February 1913, having a greasy great coat collar on guard mounting parade, 3 extra guards; 6th February 1913, absent from COs Parade, 5 days confined to barracks; 8th February 1913, having a dirty tunic on guard mounting Parade, 3 extra guards; 15th February 1913, having vermin on his clothing, 10 days confined to barracks; 10th March 1913, absent from Tattoo, 5 days confined to barracks; 23rd March 1913, having vermin on his clothing, 4 days confined to Barracks; 31st March 1913, dirty and deficient in kit on defaulters marching order parade, 5 days confined to barracks; 9th April 1913 to 12th April 1913, Dublin, bronchitis; 13th April 1913, absent from Tattoo, 7 days confined to barracks; 6th June 1913, dirty on guard mounting parade, 7 days confined to barracks; 11th July 1913 to 15th July 1913, absent from Tattoo till apprehended by Civil Police, 168 hours detention; 22nd October 1913, posted 2nd Battalion, Royal West Kent Regiment; 5th April 1914, falling out from fatigues without permission, 7 days confined to barracks; 19th April 1914, wearing dirty khaki on guard mounting parade, 2 extra guards; 19th June 1914, not getting out of bed when ordered to do so, 5 days confined to barracks; 1st May 1915, Ashway, admitted 4 Field Ambulance PUO; 7th May 1915, discharged; 4th July 1915 admitted No.3. General Hospital, V.S.;  5th August 1915, discharged from Hospital; 19th August 1915, admitted to hospital, organic stricture of urethra; 14th September 1915, discharged from hospital; 26th September 1915, admitted to hospital, malaria; 3rd October 1915, discharged from hospital; 29th April 1916, Kut-al-Amara, presumed Prisoner of War; Died of dysentery, between 1st & 30th September 1916, whilst a Prisoner of War in Adana Hospital Turkey.

9th June 1919, Statement of Relatives - Father, George Baker, Holmwood Cottage, Four Elms, Edenbridge, Kent; Brothers, Edwin Baker, age 23,  Holmwood Cottage, Four Elms, Edenbridge, Kent, James Baker, age 18,  Holmwood Cottage, Four Elms, Edenbridge, Kent, Charles Baker, age 14,  Holmwood Cottage, Four Elms, Edenbridge, Kent; Sisters, Ethel Baker, age 27, Daisy Florence Baker, age 19.

Commemorated at Basra Memorial, Panel 29, Iraq.


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