Regiment : 49th (West Riding) Regiment Reconnaissance Corps Royal Armoured Corps
Service number : 14201709
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 6th October 1944 aged 21
Buried : Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium, Grave III. B. 5.
Relatives : Son of Walter Cyril and Sarah Ann Baker, of Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Memorial : Stourbridge War Memorial
Appears on the Army casualties list for Worcestershire.
The following information has been researched and transcribed by The Black Country Society:
Cyril Baker was born in 1922 at Enville at the Home Farm on the Enville estate where his father, Walter, worked as a gardener. Searching for work in hard times the family moved to Amblecote and Lye. Cyril attended Valley Road School at Lye and then spent some time in the local iron and brick trades. He was conscripted in 1941 and trained in the Reconnaissance Corps, a mobile and heavily armoured force in armoured cars and troop carriers. Training took place in Porthcawl and Kirkintilloch, where he became Battalion boxing champion. He was posted to the 49th (West Riding) Reconnaissance Regiment which was designated as part of the follow up forces to the Normandy landings and landed on the 2nd July 1944. They fought their way across France with the Canadian Corps and reached Belgium by September. After the partially successful Market Garden airborne operation the 49th Division was assigned to advance north from Antwerp and to drive the enemy out of the lower Rhine area. Their attack began on the 6th October but was fiercely resisted by the German forces. Probably leading the attack, the Recce Regiment clashed with the Germans near the village of Nieurkirk and three men of C Company were killed. It would seem that their troop carrier was damaged by a mine or a shell. One of the casualties was Trooper Cyril Baker.