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Harold Edward BAKER

Regimental number6233
Place of birthBothwell, Tasmania
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressBothwell, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 8"
Weight172 lbs
Next of kinFather, Mr George Baker, Bothwell, Tasmania
Previous military serviceNil (exempt area under Compulsory Military Training scheme)
Enlistment date1 June 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 June 1916
Place of enlistmentHobart, Tasmania
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name12th Battalion, 20th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/29/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A59 Botanist on 24 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll12th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 16 July 1917
Discharge date18 April 1918
Family/military connectionsBrother: 6234 Pte George BAKER, 12th Bn, returned to Australia, 7 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Melbourne, 24 August 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 19 October 1916.

Marched in to 3rd Training Bn, 10 December 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France, 21 December 1916; taken on strength, 12th Bn, in the field, 2 January 1917.

Admitted to 6th Australian Field Ambulance, 14 January 1917 (injured hand); discharged to duty, 19 January 1917; rejoined Bn, 21 January 1917.

Admitted to 1st Australian Field Ambulance, 6 February 1917 (mumps), and transferred to 38th Casualty Clearing Station; discharged to duty, 22 February 1917; rejoined Bn, 24 February 1917.

Wounded in action, 14 April 1917 (gun shot wound, right shoulder); admitted to 3rd Field Ambulance, 15 April 1917, and transferred to 9th Casualty Clearing Station; to 11th Stationary Hospital, Rouen, 19 April 1917; to England, 17 May 1917, and admitted to Southwark Military Hospital; transferred to 1st Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Harefield, 29 June 1917.

Commenced return to Australia on board HS 'Kanowna', 16 July 1917; arrived Melbourne, 11 September 1917, for onward travel to Hobart; discharged (medically unfit), Hobart, 18 April 1918.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal

Death attributed to war service.
Date of death2 September 1949
Age at death54
Place of burialBothwell Cemetery, Tasmania
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAKER Harold Edward

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