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Richard Frederick BAKER

Regimental number5422
Place of birthBarking, Essex, England
True NameVOLLER, Richard Frederick
SchoolSt Paul's C.E. School, Burdett Road, Bow, London, England
Age on arrival in Australia17.10
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationTelephone wireman
AddressRiverleigh, Castlereagh, via Penrith, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 10"
Weight173 lbs
Next of kinFather, Frederick George Baker, Alliance House, Adam Street, Strand, London, WC, England
Previous military serviceServed for 12 months in the 13th City of London Regiment, Territorial Force, England; resigned on leaving the country.
Enlistment date11 March 1916
Place of enlistmentCootamundra, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name19th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/36/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A18 Wiltshire on 22 August 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll19th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 9 October 1917
Place of burialDochy Farm New British Cemetery (Plot VIII, Row A, Grave No 18), Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Frederick George and Edna VOLLER, 84 Pekin Street, Poplar, London, England
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 22 August 1916; found guilty, at sea, 18 September 1916, of leaving parade without permission: awarded 24 hours' detention; found guilty, at sea, 20 September 1916, of disobeying a lawful command given by his superior Office: awarded 24 hours' detention; disembarked Plymouth, England, 13 October 1916, and marched in to 5th Training Bn.

Proceeded overseas to France, 13 December 1916; marched in to 2nd Australian Division Base Depot, Etaples, 14 December 1916; joined 19th Bn, in the field, 18 December 1916.

Found guilty, 19 January 1917, of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline in that he left the ranks without permission: awarded forfeiture of 5 days' pay.

Detached to Signal School, 9 March 1917; rejoined Bn from detachment, 10 April 1917.

Killed in action, Belgium, 9 October 1917.

Letter, Base Records to Assistant Adjutant General, 2nd Military District, 15 April 1918: 'A communication has been received from the A.I.F. Headquarters, stating that statutory evidence has been produced by Mr. F.G. Voller, 84 Pekin Street, Poplar, E. 14, to the effect that the abovenamed soldier enlisted under an assumed name, his correct one being RICHARD FREDERICK VOLLER, and that he, his father, is next-of-kin.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, BAKER Richard Frederick

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