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William Robert BAKER

Regimental number13
Place of birthStone Hut, South Australia
SchoolStone Hut Public School, Laura, South Australia
ReligionMethodist
OccupationSawyer
AddressStone Hut, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinMother, Mrs Mary Ann Baker, Stone Hut, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date30 September 1914
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll30 September 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name13th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/30/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A38 Ulysses on 22 December 1914
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll13th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 27 August 1915
Place of death or woundingGallipoli (Hill 60), Turkey
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsThe Lone Pine Memorial (Panel 36), Gallipoli, Turkey

The Lone Pine Memorial, situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery at Anzac, is the main Australian Memorial on Gallipoli, and one of four memorials to men of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Designed by Sir John Burnet, the principal architect of the Gallipoli cemeteries, it is a thick tapering pylon 14.3 metres high on a square base 12.98 metres wide. It is constructed from limestone mined at Ilgardere in Turkey.

The Memorial commemorates the 3268 Australians and 456 New Zealanders who have no known grave and the 960 Australians and 252 New Zealanders who were buried at sea after evacuation through wounds or disease. The names of New Zealanders commemorated are inscribed on stone panels mounted on the south and north sides of the pylon, while those of the Australians are listed on a long wall of panels in front of the pylon and to either side. Names are arranged by unit and rank.

The Memorial stands over the centre of the Turkish trenches and tunnels which were the scene of heavy fighting during the August offensive. Most cemeteries on Gallipoli contain relatively few marked graves, and the majority of Australians killed on Gallipoli are commemorated here.

Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
68
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Commemorated on District of Laura Roll of Honor: 'For King & Empire'(now located in Rocky River Historic & Art Society). Parents: William Thomas and Mary Ann BAKER, Stone Hut, South Australia
Family/military connectionsBrothers: 1903 Pte Henry Squire BAKER, killed in action, France, 10 August 1918; 424 Pte Roy BAKER, 43rd Bn, returned to Australia, 25 March 1919.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli

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

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