BAKER George William
Regiment : B Company 1st/19th Battalion London Regiment
Service number : G0
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : 5th December 1917 aged 32
Buried : St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France, Officers, B. 3. 17.
Relatives : Son of Thomas and Mary Jane Baker, of Bewdley, Worcestershire
Memorial : Bewdley War Memorial
Also appears on : Wribbenhall All Saints Church
Credits : Additional information researched by Simon Fielding. Cathedral roll of honour books researched by Sandra Taylor.
Previously wounded at La Bassee, July, 1915.
Additional information on the memorial: Capt. Lond. R.
Appears in the Worcester/Worcestershire Roll of Honour Book for army casualties located in Worcester Cathedral.
George Baker was the second son of the late Mr Thomas Baker (an old Bewdley name) and Mrs Clinton of Avensbury, Stourport Road, Bewdley. He attended Bewdley Grammar School and when he left he passed the competitive examination for the General Post Office (GPO) in Birmingham. A few years later he passed a higher examination and went to the London office. He was a member of the London University OTC for 18 months and on the outbreak of the war he was with the OTC on Salisbury Plain. His service with the OTC together with his four and a half years as a territorial in the 15th London (Civil Service Rifles) gained him his commission in the 19th London. He went to France in March 1915, and was invalided home in June 1915 suffering from the effect of Lyddite fumes. Upon recovery, he was made Captain in charge of instructing a new battalion. He was offered a staff appointment in Egypt which he declined, preferring to stay with the 19th Battalion London Regiment. He returned to the Western Front and saw much action at Loos, Ypres, Arrays, Messines and Cambrai. His bravery was often commented upon. George died of wounds (gas) received at Bourlon Wood on 1st December 1917. His two brothers were serving in the Royal Engineers and the Navy.