Walter Ernest Baker was born in Wigginton, Herts in 1882, son of Charles Baker (B 1856 in Wigginton, Herts) and Phoebe Baker (nee Wilkins) (B 1856 in Tring, Herts).
1891 Census records Walter aged 9, at school, living with his parents, sisters Gertrude 11, Winifred 4, and brother Frank 2, in Bottom Row, Wigginton, Herts.
By 1901 Walter had left school and was working as a Shepherd, living at home with his parents, brothers Frank 12, Harold 7, Raymond 4 and sister Kate 2, in Fox Road, Wigginton, Herts.
Walter married Louisa Alice Baker the daughter of George and Ellen Baker of Wigginton in 1904, they had two children Bertha Maude (B 1906) and Roland Walter (B 1914).
1911 Census records Walter married to Louisa and they have a daughter Bertha, his occupation is given as a Cowman and they live at Wigginton Bottom, Wigginton, Herts.