Alick Luther Baker

Name

Alick Luther Baker
1883

Conflict

First World War

Date of Death / Age

25/10/1918
35

Rank, Service Number & Service Details

Private
26507
King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
9th Bn.

Awards

British War and Victory medals

Cemetery/Memorial

MIKRA BRITISH CEMETERY, KALAMARIA
665
Greece

Headstone

>IN MEMORY EVER DEAR FATHER, THY WILL BE DONE

UK Memorials

Ayot St Peter Memorial, Roll of Honour, St Peter's Church, Ayot St Peter, Not listed on the Welwyn memorial

Pre War

Alick Luther Baker was born in 1883 in Lydlinch, Dorset, the son of John & Fanny Baker. On the 1891 Census, the family were living at the Cottage, Kings Stagg Road, Lydlinch, where his father was a carpenter. They remained at Lydlinch in 1901, although his mother had died in 1896 and his father married Eva Walker in 1898. 


Alick married Kate Wheeler in 1909 at St Stephens, Tonbridge, Kent and they were living at Brocks Cottages, Welwyn, Herts on the 1911 Census when he was working as an Estate Carpenter. They had one child Cyril Howard, born 3 November 1911. 


He worked as a carpenter on the Frythe estate Welwyn, for 16 years before going to war.

Wartime Service

He enlisted at St Albans, Herts on 29 January 1916 and served initially with the Northamptonshire Regiment, later transferring to the King's Own Royal Lancaster Regiment on 20 October 1916. He was at home from 5 June 1916, before being sent to the Balkans from 6 November 1916.


He suffered four bouts of malaria before he died of broncho pneumonia, which he contracted whilst convalescing from malaria, at 63rd General Hospital, Salonica, Greece. The post mortem report specifies death from toxaemia and cardiac failure in pneumonia.

Additional Information

His widow, Mrs R [K] Baker of Mountains, Hildenborough, Kent, ordered his headstone: "IN MEMORY EVER DEAR FATHER, THY WILL BE DONE" His widow received a war gratuity of £10 10s and pay owing of £17 2s 11d. She also received a pension of £1 5s a week from 5 May 1919. She later moved to 'Mountains', Hildenborough, Kent.

Acknowledgments

Brenda Palmer
Jonty Wild, ayotstpeter.com