Thursday 24 January 2013

Private Charles Baker

Born on 8 May 1888 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England - son of Charles and Sarah Baker, Harrogate, Yorkshire, England - attestation form notes current address in Toronto, Ontario, trade as butcher, single, no current or previous military service, height of 5 feet 4.5 inches, chest of 37 inches, fresh complexion, blue eyes, brown hair, Church of England.

Joined the 166th Canadian Infantry Battalion on 21 January 1916 (number 669494) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 27 November or 1 December 1916 - killed in action on 10 August 1918 - name listed on the Vimy Memorial, France.

(Updated with a photo of Pte Baker's inscription on the Vimy Memorial that I took in August 2012).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian
Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

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