James William Baker

First Name: 
James
Middle Name: 
William
Last Name: 
Baker
Date of Birth: 
Thursday, April 21, 1864
Mother's Name: 
Elizabeth Baker (nee Deacon)
Father's Name: 
Thomas Baker
Date Enlisted: 
Tuesday, August 22, 1916
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
13th Battalion
Service: 
Infantry
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Friday, December 6, 1935
Place of Death: 
Bulli, N.S.W.
Details: 

James Baker (Service No 6708) was born in Bathurst, N.S.W.   In 1891 he married Lucy Marsden. 

James and his family were living in Bulli, N.S.W. when he enlisted.  On his enlistment papers, James claimed to be 45 years old.  He was married and working as a labourer.  James was the third member of his family to enlist.

James embarked from Sydney on HMAT Port Nicholson with 22nd Reinforcement, 13th Battalion on 8th November 1916.  He arrived in England on 10th January 1917 and served on the Western Front at 13th Battalion headquarters, from 27th April 1917 until 20th November 1917, when he returned to England.

James submitted a request to be returned to Australia due to his wife's poor health and at this time revealed his true age to be 53.  James was duly returned home and discharged.

James died in Bulli in 1935.  James Baker served with 3 of his sons.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, BAKER J W

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