BAKER Reginald Victor
Regiment : 43rd Regiment (2nd/5th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment) Reconnaissance Corps Royal Armoured Corps
Service number : 5110803
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 24th June 1944 aged 22
Place of death : At sea
Buried : Commemorated on Bayeux Memorial, France, Panel 4.
Relatives : Son of Joseph and Rachel Baker; husband of Iris 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:
Reginald Baker enlisted in the Royal Armoured Corps and by 1944 he was in the 43rd Reconnaissance Regiment attached to 43rd Division. They were part of the follow up forces to the D-Day landing and left London docks on the 18th June. The next day the great storm, which wrecked one of the Mulberry harbours, swept up the Channel and the vessels were forced to remain at sea for four days. The Recce regiment were on MT 41 ‘Derry Cunihy’ and early on the morning of the 24th, as it started its engines, the ship blew up. It was a fearful accident, as no fewer than 180 men were missing, believed dead. One of them was Trooper Reginald Baker.
Reginald Baker has no known grave, the photograph available shows his name on Bayeux Memorial.