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Henry Kohlhoff BAKER

Regimental number4753
Date of birth23 March 1893
Place of birthGoondiwindi, Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
AddressGoondiwindi, Queensland
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation22.6
Height6' 2"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs M Baker, Opposite Bethway Hall, Annerley Road, South Brisbane, Queensland
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date14 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll14 September 1915
Place of enlistmentToowoomba, Queensland
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name15th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/32/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Brisbane, Queensland, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 28 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollSergeant
Unit from Nominal Roll15th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Medal

Recommendation date: 8 July 1918

FateReturned to Australia 8 May 1919
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance

Military Medal

'Is recommended for great gallantry and leadership while in action near HAMEL WOOD, east of CORBIE on 4th July, 1918. A good deal of enemy opposition was met with from the enemy front line, and a machine gun was playing from a very strong post on the front over which C. Company were advancing. This N.C.O. took charge of his Section and several other men who had become detached and with great dash and determination led them against this position and succeeded in capturing the gun and crew numbering five. This N.C.O. was conspicuous throughout the operation and during the consolidation, and I strongly recommend him for decoration.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 23
Date: 12 February 1919

Discharge date16 August 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Devanha', 8 May 1919; discharged (medically unfit), Brisbane, 16 August 1919.

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death17 February 1968
Age at death74
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAKER Henry Kohlhoff

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