Thank you to Jane Anthony for this research.
John Baker was born in Dorking in 1886. He was the second son of Thomas, a carter on a farm, and his wife Sarah; they also had 4 daughters at that time. In 1891 they were living at Springfield in Westcott. By 1901 they had moved to Witley near where both Thomas and Sarah had been born. In 1901 John is now know as Jack and aged 16 is, like his father a carter on a farm.
Jack enlisted in the Queens Own Royal West Surrey Regiment at Guildford giving his residence as being Farnham. The 7th Battalion was a Service Battalion who went to France in 1915 and suffered appalling casualties on the Somme, at Ypres and at Amiens. Jack Baker was killed on 5th April 1918 and is commemorated at Pozieres.
Born Dorking, Surrey
Son of Thomas and Sarah Baker
Regiment 7th Battalion, The Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Date of Death 5th April 1918
Place of Death Somme, France
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Memorial Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France