Born 1883 in Lydlinch, Dorset to John & Fanny Baker. Married Kate Wheeler in 1909 at St Stephens, Tonbridge, Kent. 1911 Census: living with wife Kate at Brocks Cottages, Welwyn, Herts and working as an Estate Carpenter. Had one child Cyril, born 1911.
He lived in Brock's cottages on the Fryth Estate, near Welwyn and had been a carpenter on that estate for 16 years before going to war.