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Capt. H.S. Baker, RAMC, S.R.


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I have searched, rather unsuccessfully, for this officer.

I know that he was attached to 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment at start of war, and was admitted to hospital (not a wound) on 21-Sep-15.

He was later wounded (reported I believe in B. Med. J issue of 9-Feb-16, but cannot now find).

Granted temp. commission as Capt. in RAF in Nov/Dec. 1918; apparently survived the war.

Some RAMC officers have no suffix, others have T.F., others have the S.R. suffix. Can somebody decode this situation ?

Regards,

JMB

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Medal Card info - Henry Searle Baker France 17-10-1914 applied for medals from 142 Camden Road London N 1

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Rjaydee,

He's the man--thank you,

JMB

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I have searched, rather unsuccessfully, for this officer.

I know that he was attached to 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment at start of war, and was admitted to hospital (not a wound) on 21-Sep-15.

He was later wounded (reported I believe in B. Med. J issue of 9-Feb-16, but cannot now find).

Granted temp. commission as Capt. in RAF in Nov/Dec. 1918; apparently survived the war.

Some RAMC officers have no suffix, others have T.F., others have the S.R. suffix. Can somebody decode this situation ?

Regards,

JMB

When you say suffix, where is the suffix appended? Is it after their name?

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I think he is referring to the SR after his number (Special Reserve)? as against TF (Territorial Force)? Ralph.

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That's what I thought but I also thought they didn't have service numbers. I have seen other suffixes used as I have read some of the diaries recently. Those suffixes possibly relate to where they are employed or a qualification. I haven't quite worked it out yet - early days for me and the RAMC :)

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Henry Searle Baker was Gazetted as a Lieutenant, on probation, in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Special Reserve on August 13 1914 in a list of Cadets or ex Cadets of Officer Training Corps.

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/28886/pages/6903

Promoted Captain April 1 1915

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29241/supplements/7307

Granted temp. commission as Capt. in the Medical Branch of the R.A.F. October 1 1918

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31032/pages/13924

Notification of his pay grading effective October 1 1918

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31174/pages/2163

Tranferred to the unemployed list, R.A.F., April 2 1920

http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/31870/pages/4577

A family tree on Ancestry states that he was the son of Watson Baker and Frances Abigail (formerly Verdon)

In the 1911 census he was living at Valhalla, Queen's Road, High Barnet, Middlesex.

The census form is interesting, and signed by Mabel Baker. This would appear to be Mabel Annette Baker, daughter, aged 7. It was completed in, shall we say, a "mischievous" manner. The head of the household was given as Mrs. Watson Baker, "Married of course" aged 40, and in the INFIRMITY column is listed as "feeble minded". A servant was given as Mrs. Carlton, 31, widow, and in the INFIRMITY column is listed as "bad tempered - born with it".

Henry Searle Baker is given as second son 18 medical student born Lee, London.

Watson Baker was not present.

Henry Searle Baker of 75 Lyttleton Road, East Finchley, Midddlesex died 13 October 1956 at Beaumont House, Beaumont Street, St. Marylebone, London (from his probate record). He was aged 63 years.

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Ralph & Harry,

Thanks for your input re TF and SR, and the Census info.

SR = Special Reserve is borne out by the very first LG entry referenced by Harry.

I will have to look for that census form completed by a 7-yr old !!

Regards,

JMB

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His RAF record is online as AIR 76/18/86. He probably doesn't have an earlier Army record as most of those for temporary medical officers haven't survived.

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David,

Thanks for the RAF link.

The breadth of knowledge on this forum, and willingness to share it, never ceases to amaze me.

Regards,

JMB

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