Rifleman Herbert Arthur Baker

Herbert Baker

Thank you to Lenka Cathersides for the following research.

Baptism Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk
Baptism Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk

Herbert Arthur Allan Baker was born on the 23rd of October 1893 in Dorking Surrey to porter and gardener Arthur and Mary Ellen (nee Douglass) Baker. 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 was working as a groceries porter.

Herbert’s father Arthur was born in the 2nd quarter of 1868 in Dorking to journey man and miller Allen and Harriet. His mother Mary Ellen Douglass was born in the 4th quarter of 1872 in Runcorn, Cheshire to cooper and general dealer Thomas John and Mary.

Marriage Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk
Marriage Certificate © Ancestry.co.uk

Arthur  and Mary were married  on the 1st February 1893 at St Martin’s Church in Dorking. At the time of the marriage Arthur was working as a porter and living in Dorking. His father Allen was already deceased. Mary  was living at St Paul’s in Dorking. Her father Thomas was working as a general dealer.

Herbert Arthur Allan Baker had six brothers and sisters: Fred Douglass, Noel Charles, Jessie Ada, Eric Tom, Margaret Ellen and Cecil Wilfred.

1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk
1901 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

During the 1901 Census, the family lived at 19 Mount Street in Dorking. Arthur was working as a gardener, his wife Mary  was looking after their children.

Arthur Baker 1911 Census © Ancestry.co.uk

At the time of the 1911 Census, the family still lived at 19 Mount Street and had a police constable boarding. Herbert was working as a footman to retired Army Captain Hugo William Reid Millais of Gordon Lodge, Wood Street, Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Mr Millais was married to Anna Elena Millais of Vladivostok in Russia.

Herbert  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 on that day.

Helles Memorial Listing © CWGC
Helles Memorial Listing © CWGC

 

Grave Registration © CWGC
Grave Registration © CWGC

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.

Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk
Medal Roll © Ancestry.co.uk

 

Medal Rolls © Ancestry.co.uk
Medal Rolls © Ancestry.co.uk

 

 Medal Roll Index © Ancestry.co.uk
Medal Roll Index © Ancestry.co.uk

Herbert was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and the 1915 Star.

Herbert Baker Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk
Herbert Baker Soldiers Effects © Ancestry.co.uk

His mother Mary received £2, 5s and 9d on the 28th of October 1916 and £3 on the 6th of September 1919 in Soldier’s Effects.

Herbert Baker Roll of Honour - Dorking Advertiser © findmypast.co.uk
Herbert Baker Roll of Honour – Dorking Advertiser © findmypast.co.uk
Born Dorking, Surrey
Lived Dorking, Surrey
Son of Arthur Daniel and Mary Ellen Baker
Regiment 1st/8th Battalion. Hampshire Regiment
Number 8/2472
Date of Death 10th August 1915
Place of Death Gallipoli
Cause of Death Killed in action
Age 32
Memorial Helles Memorial, Turkey
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