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.