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Claude Albion BAKER

Regimental number11444
Place of birthClarence River New South Wales
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationLabourer
AddressPalmer Island, Clarence River, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, A Baker, 43 Dunning Street, Drummoyne, New South Wales
Enlistment date7 October 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name5th Field Artillery Brigade, Reinforcement 3
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/33/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board RMS Osterley on 15 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollDriver
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal


Work on 25 October 1917 near Ypres.
Recommendation date: 31 October 1917

FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On the night of 25th October, 1917, during operations against the enemy's positions east of YPRES, Gunner C.A. BAKER carried urgent and important despatches between Brigade Headquarters and Batteries, necessitating dangerous journeys across extremely difficult country (HANNEBEEK Valley) under heavy enemy shell fire. He exhibited great determination and gallantry, and set a splendid example throughout the operations.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 95
Date: 27 June 1918

Family/military connectionsBrother-in-law: 38749 Driver William Roy Henry PRACKERT, 3rd Divisional Ammunition Column, returned to Australia, 22 July 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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