Indigenous Australian, Jack BAKER, 15th Infantry Battalion.
Carl John (Jack) BAKER, was born in Innisfail in 1886. He married Ada Lyall in 1908 and when he enlisted in August 1917 was living at Edge Hill, Cairns.
Jack Baker enlisted in Cairns 18 August 1917, age 31 and travelled by train to Sydney where he embarked on HMAT Euripides 31 October 1917 bound for England.
Whilst on board the troop ship he was hospitalised first with pleurisy and then with mumps. He first set foot in France in April 1918 and joined his battalion which was fighting near Villers Bretonneaux.
Jack was wounded in action, 13 August 1918 when his company was near Bayonvillers. He was admitted to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, but died on the same day.
Private Carl John (Jack) Baker is buried at Villers Bretonneux Communal Cemetery, south west of Corbie, France.
Read more …
- Service Record: BAKER. Carl John
- Roll of Honour
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- Image: The Queenslander Pictorial, 24 November 1917
- One of the soldiers featured in SLQ’s HistoryPin Collection
- View the whole Collection: Indigenous enlistment
- Queensland’s Indigenous Servicemen Digital Story and Oral History
Marg Powell & Des Crump | QANZAC100, State Library of Queensland