COLIN CLAUDE BAKER born 1889 Nottingham, died 12th May 1917 age 27
1911 census: Son of Joseph Henry and Annie (Stevenson) of “Hillcrest”, Derby Road, Sandiacre. A factory manager, probably of his father’s Levers Lace factory.
No. 1772 A private in the Army Pay Corps.
Entered France 20 4 1915. Became acting Sergeant and then 2nd Lieut. Notts.and Derby Regt., then Sherwood Foresters D Company 10th Battalion.
“2nd Lieutenant C C Baker was wounded on 23rd April 1917. The battalion advanced at 4.50 am on 23rd April towards Bayonet Trench, with the objective of capturing Keeling Copse, near the village of Pelves in France (Battle of Arras). The battalion suffered heavy casualties from shelling and machine gun fire.
Part of Bayonet Trench was captured and the battalion was relieved the next day.”
A History of the 10th Battalion, the Sherwood Foresters by Colin Housley
He died of his wounds and is buried at Etaples, France.
(Etaples was a strategic rail junction, which became an important depot and transit camp for the BEF and subsequently a vast hospital base.)
In the grant of probate he left effects of £256 to his father.
Cousin to Harry Leslie Baker below.
HARRY LESLIE “Les” BAKER born 1891 Nottingham,died 8th Nov. 1918 age 25
1911 census: Son of Henry Edgar and Lily (Flick) of 118, Derby Rd. Sandiacre.
An accountant’s clerk.
No. 2533. Lance Sergeant Notts. and Derby Regt. 1914. He served in Ireland as Corporal, B Coy, 2/7 Sherwood Foresters (the “Robin Hoods”) 178th Infantry Brigade, 59th Division. In a letter home from Kingston he describes to his younger brother how he was closely involved in the suppression of the Easter Rising on 26th April 1916.
An account of the action can be found at:
Subsequently Les became Lieut. 18th (Lancs. Hussars) Battalion, Kings Liverpool Regt. (a Territorial Force Yeomanry Unit) and entered France 1917.
Awarded the Military Cross for:
" conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in a counter attack on a position. When compelled to dig in by the heavy enemy machine gun fire, he hung on with the greatest courage and determination, and his fine example so encouraged his men that he was able to delay the advance of the enemy for over twenty four hours. "
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