Thursday 24 January 2013

Private Hubert Percival Baker

Born on 21 January 1890 in Maidstone, England - son of William James Alberta and Mary Elizabeth Baker, Maidstone, England - attestation form notes trade as teamster and bugler, single, no current military service, formerly served three years with 9th Battery, CFA, in Toronto, height of 5 feet 3.75 inches, chest of 35 inches, dark complexion, blue eyes, dark brown hair, no religious denomination.

Joined the 59th Canadian Infantry Battalion - transferred to the 38th Battalion on 9 June 1915 (number 410011) - mentioned as a bugler - served with the battalion during its period of garrison duty in Bermuda - landed in France with the battalion on 13 August 1916 - wounded on 18 November 1916 - rejoined the battalion on 12 December 1916 - killed in action on 26 April 1917 - 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,

1 comment:

Nogbad said...

I don't know if this is of interest but Private Baker's name is on the war memorial in St Peter's church, Boughton Monchelsea. I've just posted a photograph of this at