Friday 10 February 2012

Private Edward William Frank Baker

Born on 13 August 1893 in Kilarney, Ireland - next of kin lists as Amos Auger, guardian, Amherstburg, Ontario - attestation form notes present address in Aylwer West, Ontario, trade as farmer, single, no current military service, formerly served one year with 30th Battery, CFA, height of 5 feet 5.5 inches, chest of 35.5 inches, fair complexion, grey eyes, brown hair, Methodist.

Joined the 91st Canadian Infantry Battalion on 7 November 1915 (number 189322) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion in France on 20 or 21 August 1916 - invalided sick to England on 2 October 1916.

(Many thanks to Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives for this image of Pte. Baker seated next to an unnamed soldier).

(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)

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