|Date of birth|
|Place of birth||Killara, New South Wales|
|Religion||Church of England|
|Address||Killara, New South Wales|
|Age at embarkation||21.3|
|Next of kin||Father, Henry Baker, Fidders Wharf Road, Killara, New South Wales|
|Previous military service||Served in the 18th Infantry, Citizen Military Forces (Compulsory Military Training scheme); still serving at time of AIF enlistment.|
|Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll|
|Rank on enlistment||Private|
|Unit name||45th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement|
|AWM Embarkation Roll number||23/62/3|
|Embarkation details||Unit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A40 Ceramic on
|Rank from Nominal Roll||Private|
|Unit from Nominal Roll||45th Battalion|
|Other details from Roll of Honour Circular||Enlisted 21 February 1916 and posted to 45th Bn, 6th Reinforcements. Taken on strength, 45th Bn, 18 January 1917.|
|Fate||Killed in Action
|Place of death or wounding||Messines, Belgium|
|Date of death|
|Place of burial||No known grave|
|Commemoration details||The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (Panel 27), Belgium
The Menin Gate Memorial (so named because the road led to the town of Menin) was constructed on the site of a gateway in the eastern walls of the old Flemish town of Ypres, Belgium, where hundreds of thousands of allied troops passed on their way to the front, the Ypres salient, the site from April 1915 to the end of the war of some of the fiercest fighting of the war.
The Memorial was conceived as a monument to the 350,000 men of the British Empire who fought in the campaign. Inside the arch, on tablets of Portland stone, are inscribed the names of 56,000 men, including 6,178 Australians, who served in the Ypres campaign and who have no known grave.
The opening of the Menin Gate Memorial on 24 July 1927 so moved the Australian artist Will Longstaff that he painted 'The Menin Gate at Midnight', which portrays a ghostly army of the dead marching past the Menin Gate. The painting now hangs in the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, at the entrance of which are two medieval stone lions presented to the Memorial by the City of Ypres in 1936.
Since the 1930s, with the brief interval of the German occupation in the Second World War, the City of Ypres has conducted a ceremony at the Memorial at dusk each evening to commemorate those who died in the Ypres campaign.
|Panel number, Roll of Honour,|
Australian War Memorial
|Miscellaneous information from|
|Commemorated in St John's Anglican Church Cemetery, Gordon, New South Wales.|
War service: Western Front
Embarked Sydney, 7 October 1916; disembarked Sydney, 21 November 1916, and marched into 12th Training Bn, Codford.
Found guilty, 12 December 1916, of being absent without leave from midnight, 11 December, until 8 am, 12 december 1916: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 1 day's pay under Royal Warrant.
Proceeded overseas to France, 8 January 1917; taken on strength, 45th Bn, in the field, 18 January 1917.
Admitted to 12th Australian Field Ambulance, 11 March 1917 (rheumatism), and transferred to 4th Division Rest Station; rejoined Bn, 20 March 1917.
Found guilty, 15 May 1917, of being absent without leave from 7.45 am parade: awarded forfeiture of 2 days' pay.
Killed in action, 7 August 1917.Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
|Sources||NAA: B2455, BAKER Harold Edward|