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1885 - 1916

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1887 - 1916

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1894 - 1916

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1897 - 1916

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1883 - 1918
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Pte 22314 Bennett Baker

  • Age: 31
  • From: Walton, Liverpool
  • Regiment: The King's (Liverpool Regiment) 20th Btn
  • K.I.A Saturday 1st July 1916
  • Commemorated at: Thiepval Memorial
    Panel Ref: P&F1D8B &8 C.

22314 Private Bennett BAKER, 20th Battalion, KLR.

Bennett Baker was born on 06/12/1884 in Liverpool, and the eldest son of Henry Baker, a self-employed butcher, and his wife Elizabeth nee Bennett, to whom he obviously owes his unusual forename.

By 1901,  Bennett was an apprentice to a chartered accountant.  On 5th April 1906, Bennett married Emily Florence Hitchin in West Derby Register Office although there is no trace of them in the 1911 Census. In 1911

Bennett enlisted in Liverpool on the 6th November 1914, giving his age as 29 years 268 days, his occupation as clerk and his next of kin as his wife, living at 12 Wellfield Road, Walton. His record shows that he was serving with 22nd Battalion from 8th November 1915 in the UK before sailing for France aboard ‘SS Onward’ on 14th March 1916 where he joined 30th Infantry Base Depot. He finally joined the 20th Battalion as part of a reinforcement draft on 02/04/1916.
He was killed in action on 1st July 1916 reportedly killed by shell fire whilst attacking enemy lines as part of No 2 Company. His remains were not found when the battlefield was cleared and his name is commemorated in The Thiepval Memorial in France.
His Service Record says he was awarded all three medals, his Medal Card shows only two which is likely as he apparently did not serve in France before 31st December

Killed On This Day.

(103 Years this day)
Sunday 27th January 1918.
L/Sgt 34298 Samuel Armstrong
34 years old