Rifleman Herbert Arthur Baker
Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.
Herbert Arthur Allan Baker was born on the 23rd of October 1893 in Dorking Surrey to porter and gardener Arthur Daniel Baker and Mary Ellen Baker nee Douglass.
Herbert’s father Arthur Daniel Baker was born in the 2nd quarter of 1868 in Dorking to journey man and miller Allen Baker and Harriet Baker.
Herbert’s mother Mary Ellen Douglass was born in the 4th quarter of 1872 in Runcorn, Cheshire to cooper and general dealer Thomas John Douglass and Mary Douglass.
Arthur Daniel Baker and Mary Ellen Douglass got married by Banns on the 1st February 1893 at St Martin’s Church in Dorking. At the time of the marriage Arthur Daniel was working as a porter and living in Dorking. His father Allen Baker was already deceased. Mary Ellen was living at St Paul’s in Dorking. Her father Thomas John was working as a general dealer.
Herbert Arthur Allan Baker had 6 brothers and sisters: Fred Douglass Baker, Noel Charles Baker, Jessie Ada Baker, Eric Tom Baker, Margaret Ellen Baker and Cecil Wilfred Baker.
Herbert was born on the 23rd of October 1893 in Dorking and he was baptised on the 3rd of December 1893 at St Martin’s church in Dorking. At the time of the baptism the family lived at 21 Falkland Road in Dorking and Herbert’s father Arthur Daniel was working as a groceries porter.
During the 1901 Census, the family lived at 19 Mount Street in Dorking. Arthur Daniel was working as a gardener, his wife Mary Ellen was looking after their children Herbert Arthur Allan, Fred Douglass Baker, Noel Charles Baker, Jessie Ada Baker and Eric Tom Baker.
At the time of the 1911 Census, the family still lived at 19 Mount Street in Dorking and had a police constable boarding. Herbert Arthur Allan was working as a footman to retired Army Captain Hugo William Reid Millais of Gordon Lodge, Wood Street, Ryde, in Hampshire. Mr Millais was married to Anna Elena Millais of Vladivostok in Russia.
Herbert Arthur Allan Baker enlisted in Newport, Island of Wight. At the time of enlistment he lived in Dorking. He joined the 1/8th (T.F.) Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment. He became a Rifleman with a regimental number 2472.
On the 10th of August 1915 Herbert disembarked in the Balkan Theatre of War. Two days later, on the 12th of August 1915, he was reported missing in Gallipoli. By August 1916 he was officially reported to have died since or on that day.
Herbert Arthur Allan Baker is commemorated on the Helles Memorial in Gallipoli, Turkey on Panels 125-134 or 223-226, 228-229&328.
He is also commemorated on the Dorking South Street Memorial and St Martin’s Church Memorial.
Herbert Arthur Allan was awarded by the British War and Victory Medals and the 1915 Star.
His mother Mary Ellen Baker received £2, 5s and 9d on the 28th of October 1916 and £3 on the 6th of September 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.
Son of Arthur Daniel and Mary Ellen Baker
Lived 19, Mount Street, Dorking
School Dorking High School 1902-1905
Regiment 1st/8th Battalion Hampshire Regiment
Date of Death 10th August 1915
Place of Death Gallipoli
Cause of Death Killed in Action
Memorial Helles Memorial Turkey