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22635 Pte. William Baker, 26th Bn. Royal Fusiliers


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Can anyone provide any information on the story of Pte. Baker's service history, court martial and subsequent execution for desertion on August 14th 1918? Many thanks if you can help. Peter

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According to Shot At Dawn by Putkowski & Sykes

Nothing of his Military Service could be found during their research.

Pte William Baker was under arrest when on 22/4/18 he absented himself. 8/5/18 he reported for work at Army PO at Bolougne, stating he had been sent there for duty. He soon disappeared again. 10 days later he was arrested near the mail boat at the docks. Gave false details. Escaped later in the month and used false details to gain admitance to Etaples Hospital. Shot at Poperinghe 14/8/18

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Sure you've seen this but posting just in case beacause it shows he was with the 26(bankers) bn, and gives his mother's address.


Initials: W

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Private

Regiment/Service: Royal Fusiliers

Unit Text: 26th Bn.

Date of Death: 14/08/1918

Service No: 22635

Additional information: Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Baker, of 13, Russell St., Plaistow, London.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXV. B. 22.


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