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Walter BAKER

Regimental number2906
Place of birthSouthampton, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressCoogee Bay Hotel, Coogee, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation22
Next of kinFather, G Baker, 33 Heysham Road, Shirley, North Hampton, England
Enlistment date11 August 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll11 September 1915
Place of enlistmentHolsworthy, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name17th Battalion, 6th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/34/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A14 Euripides on 2 November 1915
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll6th Field Artillery Brigade
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Great devotion to duty in organising and controlling ration and S.A.A. parties in trying conditions at YPRES, GUEUDECOURT and FLERS.

FateReturned to Australia 18 February 1918

Military Medal

'On 20th September, 1917, during the attack at HOOGE this man was one of a party with the Liaison Officer who took part in this attack with the 8th Battalion. Communication having failed during a portion of the advance he on two occasions returned through heavy hostile shelling, with the greatest determination and devotion, to the Group Headquarters with important messages and brought back the replies to the observation officer who was in our front line. In so doing he exposed himself to the greatest risks and performed valuable work.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 31
Date: 7 March 1918

Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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