Walter Ernest Baker


Walter Ernest Baker


First World War

Date of Death / Age


Rank, Service Number & Service Details

East Surrey Regiment
8th Bn.


British War and Victory medals


Bay 6.


>He has no Headstone. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing, Arras, France.

UK Memorials

Wigginton War Memorial.

Pre War

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.

Wartime Service

Walter enlisted in Bedford, Beds, posted to the East Surrey Regiment with the Service No. 32331. Serving with the 8th & 9th Battalions. He was presumed killed in action on 3 May 1917, but not reported missing until June 1917.

He has no grave, and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the missing in France. (Arras Memorial Bay 6).  

Additional Information

The value of his were £1-6s-5d, Pay Owing and £3, War Gratuity which went to his widow Louisa Alice Baker.


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Stuart Osborne.