Regiment : 10th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own)
Service number : 15465
Conflict : WW1
Date of death : Killed in action aged 21 on 4th May 1916
Buried : Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, France, Grave IX. G. 3.
Birthplace : Born and enlisted Birmingham
Relatives : Son of John and Eliza Baker, of Ivythorpe, Eachway, Rubery, Birmingham
Memorial : Rubery Royal British Legion Club
Also appears on : Rubery St Chad's Church. Rubery Congregational Church now the Beacon Church Centre. Rednal St Stephen the Martyr Church.
Credits : Bromsgrove Weekly Messenger and additional information researched and transcribed by Jeff Taylor.
Bromsgrove Weekly Messenger:
RUBERY SOLDIER KILLED
Corporal J. Baker, of, “Yew Tree Cottages”, Callowbrook Lane, Rubery, has received news of the death of his son, Lance Corporal J. Baker, Machine-Gun Section, West Yorkshire Regiment, who was shot by a German sniper, while attending his dead Captain on the 4th May 1916. He joined the army at the outbreak of war, prior to which he was employed by Mr Baker, of Kings Norton.
His father, Corporal J. baker, enlisted in the R.A.M.C. when the Hollymoor Asylum was taken over as a military hospital, and which was to be known as: (The 2nd Birmingham War Hospital), Hollymoor, Northfield, Birmingham.
[Research indicates that the ‘dead Captain’ to whom Lance Corporal John Baker was attending on 4th May 1916, was Captain Victor Eustace Reynolds, whose body was buried in the adjacent grave space within the Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, France.]