BAKER, Gordon Albert
(Service number 7/1544)
|First Rank||Gunner||Last Rank|
|Date||5 February 1898||Place of Birth||Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia|
|Date||30 December 1912||Age||14|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin|
|Served with||UK Armed Forces?||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||Royal Field Artillery|
|Other Units Served With||Royal Field Artillery|
|Last Unit Served With|
|Service Medals||1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
|Date||5 June 1919||Reason|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||11 April 1977||Age||78|
|Place of Death||Waimate|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Waimate Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials||St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)|
Initial research for SCRoll had difficulty in identifying Gordon Baker's military service. But, in 2023 the South Canterbury Museum was contacted by D Pinnell who noted: “Although his marriage entry says Chiswick, New South Wales, Gordon Albert Baker was born in Chiswick, Middlesex , England in 1898. His father was George Gorton Baker, a bread baker, and his mother Jane Lawrance (shown in UK Census of 1901 as living at 77 Duke Road, Chiswick). Jane died, and George remarried to Elizabeth. (Shown in UK Census of 1911 as living at Mortlake in Surrey, Gordon is listed as son from former marriage).
At 14 years old, he was legally allowed to leave school, and Gordon enlisted in the Royal Field Artillery at Kingston-on-Thames,Surrey, aged 14 years and 22 days on December 30th, 1912. He was assigned as Trooper 71544 to the 31st Reserve Battery, Royal Field Artillery. He served throughout the First World War, and was discharged as Gunner 71544 on June 5th, 1919. In the UK Census of 1921, he is listed as a discharged soldier, visiting the Stokes family in Sheffield, UK. At some time in the next 8 years he made his way to New Zealand as he married Kathleen Hannifin on 2 April 1929 at St Patricks Church in Waimate. He was 30 years old. He does not appear to have served in the New Zealand Army at all.”
It appears Gordon had moved to Waimate, New Zealand by 1928, the year prior to him marrying Kathleen Hannifin in Waimate. Gordon is buried in Waimate Lawn Cemetery, which bears a plaque with his service number, rank, and names the unit he served with.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph database (May 2015); Archives New Zealand; New Zealand BDM Historical Records online; ancestry.co.au; SCRoll web submission by D Pinnell, 1 & 19 June 2023
No documents available.
Researched and Written by
Liz Shea, SC branch NZSG
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