Indigenous Australian, John Henry BAKER, 3rd Pioneer Battalion.
John Baker was born in Bilambil Creek, Northern NSW in 1897 to George Gray Baker and Hannah Elizabeth Hein. He gave his occupation as a labourer when he enlisted at Brisbane 22 February 1916, just 18 years old.
Following training at Enoggera, John was assigned to the 3rd Pioneers Battalion and embarked for overseas on HMAT Demosthenes 20 May 1916. His war service was interrupted with a bout of mumps requiring hospitalisation prior to re-joining his unit in February 1917.
Four months later Private Baker was killed in action on 27 June 1917, at Ploegsteert, Belgium and was buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium.
Brother Victor Roy Baker, 4146 2nd Infantry Battalion, died of wounds, self inflicted 6 May 1917; brother Wilfred Ernest Butcher 1928A 25th Infantry Battalion, was also killed in action, 18 July 1918.
Read more …
- Service record: BAKER, John Henry
- Embarkation roll: 1st Reinf. 41st Infantry Battalion
- Roll of Honour
- Roll of Honour Circular [pdf]
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- 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