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Joe Fonser BAKER

Regimental number3759
Place of birthWellington New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressOakey Park, Lithgow, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation24
Next of kinFather, A W Baker, Oakey Park, Lithgow, New South Wales
Enlistment date2 September 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll2 September 1915
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name18th Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/35/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 January 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll18th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 20 May 1919
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations against MONT ST. QUENTIN, near PERONNE on 31st August 1918, the above men [3759 J.F. BAKER, 2920 W.J. HONE, 281 W.L. CASSIDY] showed total disregard of personal safety under heavy enemy machine gun and shell fire when attending to wounded. A party of Engineers were repairing a bridge which the enemy was shelling heavily. The bridge was hit and there were a number of casualties. These men at once sent to the assistance of the wounded, bound them up and carried them to a Dressing Station. They then returned and carried other wounded away. During the whole time the enemy was shelling the bridge with heavy shells. Later when their company sustained heavy casualties, they carried wounded from the front line to the dressing station through heavy machine gun and shell fire. They worked continuously for 10 hours and were the cause of saving the lives of a number of wounded men, who would heave died had they not been moved at once.
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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