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Henry Seymour BAKER

Regimental number5367
OccupationLaw student
AddressLaunceston, Tasmania
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation25
Next of kinFather, Rev S J Baker, Canning Street, Launceston, Tasmania
Enlistment date26 February 1915
Rank on enlistmentWarrant Officer (Class I)
Unit nameConvalescent Depot, Harefield Park, London
AWM Embarkation Roll number26/84/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A67 Orsova on 17 July 1915
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Mention in Despatches

Awarded, and promulgated, 'London Gazette' No. 31448 (11 July 1919); 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 124 (30 October 1919).

FateReturned to Australia 7 February 1919

Distinguished Service Order

'During the advance on 18th September, 1918, near Le Verguier, north of St. Quentin, he acted as right guide tohis battalion, and despite the great difficulties aused by fog and uncut wire and heavy machine gun and artillery fire, carried out his duties in a most gallant and skilful manner. On reaching the first objective he went ahead to reconnoitre, and located a large party of the enemy. He threw bombs at them and twenty surrendered. These he brought back with him, and then got together a party of men and again attacked the enemy, taking further prisoners. At the first objective he had received a painful wound in the leg, but carried on right to the final obejective. He behaved splendidly.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 129
Date: 20 November 1919

Other detailsMedals: Distinguished Service Order, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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