Arthur James BAKER
Born: 7 April, 1893
Birth registration: Victorian Births, Deaths & Marriages Registration No. 783
Birthplace: Pennyweight, Victoria / Castlemaine
Parents: Robert Baker 1848-1912, Sarah Redman 1854-1915 Birth certificate indicates: Robert a miner, 45 years old, born Launceston, Tasmania; Sarah Redman 40 years old, born Vaughans, Talbot; Married 12/08/1876 at Castlemaine. Other children Beatrice May 11 years, Robert William 9 years, Ethel May 7 years, George Albert 5 or 6, Margaret Ellen , Elizabeth (possibly twins)
Died: 21 March, 1945
Place of death: Repatriation Hospital, Kooyong Road, Caulfield, Victoria
Awards and Honours
- 1914-1915 Star
- British War Medal 1914-20
- Victory Medal
8th Infantry Battalion, 11th Reinforcements 1st Machine Gun Battalion
Regimental Service Number: 3237 / 3237A
Enlistment date: 13 July, 1915 Melbourne
Age at enlistment: 22 years, 3 months
Marital Status: Single
Next of kin: W. Baker, brother,
86 Albert Road, Albert Park (Emb. Roll)
Maffra, Gippsland (Serv. Rec.)
Physical Description: Height: 5 feet 7 inches
Weight: 9 st. 9 lbs.
Hair: Dark Brown
Embarkation ship: H.M.A.T. Nestor.
Return Date: 1 April, 1919
Return Vessel: Shropshire.
Arrival at Australia: 16 May, 1919.At: Melbourne, Victoria
Discharge Date: 8 July, 1919
War Service Summary
26/03/1916 Embarked at Alexandria to join British Expeditionary Force 31/03/1916 Marseilles in the field
10/11/1916 Admitted to hospital, Rouen, influenza; sent to England
23/03/1917 65th Battalion
04/04/1917 Transferred to 8th battalion, Perham Downs
28/04/1917 To 66th battalion
01/09/1917 School of Cookery, Tidworth
29/09/1917 Transferred to 8th Battalion on marching out to 63rd Draft Battalion, Hurdcott
12/09/1918 Proceeded overseas to France
14/09/1918 Camiers, France
18/09/1918 1st Machine Gun Battalion
19/01/1919 Sick, 26/01/1919 Sent back to England with chronic bronchitis.
Returned home but sick aboard ship
08/07/1919 Discharged, medically unfit, Melbourne
1917/ 1918 Spends time in England in and out of hospital
Throughout service, often ill & in hospital colds, influenza, bronchitis, debility, TB?, problems with lungs
War Service Commemerated
Life After the War
Place/s of residence:
21/07/1923 Woorinen P.O., via Swan Hill
Date of death: 21/03/1945 (P 23 Serv. Rec.)
21/03/1945 Repatriation Hospital, Kooyong Road, Caulfield (The Argus)
Death certificate: The cause of death was unresolved pneumonia which Arthur had for 2 months. He had also suffered with pulmonary fibrosis and chronic bronchitis for 19 years.
Place of burial:
Other relevant information:
Embarkation Roll shows Eric Arthur Ormond Baker, # 3238, aged 26, salesman at the same address with next of kin, D Baker, father.
Monday, 23 April, 1945, P. 15
ARTHUR JAMES BAKER, Late of Repatriation Hospital, Kooyong Road,
Caulfield, Military pensioner, Deceased, Intestate - After fourteen clear days Margaret Ellen Elizabeth Langley, of St. Andrew's, North Queenstown, married woman, a sister of the deceased, will APPLY to the Supreme Court for a grant of LETTERS of ADMINISTRATION of the estate of the deceased.
ARTHUR PHILLIPS and JUST, solicitors, 472 Bourke street, Melbourne._
Wednesday 23 May 1945, P 14
NOTICE to CLAIMANTS.-Pursuant to the Trustee Act 1928, creditors, next of kin, and all other persons having CLAIMS in respect of the estate of the deceased person named below are required to SEND PARTICULARS to the legal personal representative at the address stated on or before the date stated, after which date the representative will distribute the assets, having regard only to the claims of which notice has then been received:- ARTHUR JAMES BAKER, late of Repatriation General Hospital, Kooyong road, Caulfield, military pensioner, deceased, intestate, died 21st March, 1945. Claims to the administratrix, Margaret Ellen Elizabeth Langley, care of Arthur Phillips & Just, solicitors 472 Bourke street. Melbourne, by 28th July, 1945.
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