Topic: Raymond John Baker (1890-1915)
Raymond John Baker (Private 12/311) enlisted at Tauranga on 14 August 1914. He was reported missing, believed dead, on 25 April 1915 at the Dardanelles, Gallipoli. Researched and written by Debbie McCauley.
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Raymond John Baker was born in Chedzoy, Somerset, England on 27 December 1890 to Richard and Maria Baker. They later lived at 'Hill View' in Otorohanga, Hamilton.
Raymond worked as a millhand at Gamman's Mill at Omanawa Falls in Tauranga.
On 14 August 1914 he enlisted in Tauranga for World War I. At the time of enlistment he was already part of the the Hauraki Regiment (D Company), having already registered for compulsory military training in Rotorua.
Raymond considered himself an Anglican. He was just over 173 cm tall and just under 62 kg in weight, with brown hair and eyes and a fair complexion.
He was part of the Auckland Infantry Battalion (6th Company) and departed on 16 October 1914 for Suez, Egypt.
On April 12 1915 he embarked from Alexandria in Egypt for the Dardanelles.
He was reported missing, believed dead on 25 April 1915 (reg. 1918/71049) in Gallipoli. He was aged 24.
Raymond's missing status was reported by the Auckland Star on 3 July 1915:
Pte Raymond John Baker a dispatch rider of the 6th Hauraki Regiment, reported missing in a recent list.
And then on 11 February 1916 the Auckland Star reported that he was now believed dead:
PTE. RAYMOND JOHN BAKER, some time ago reported as missing from the ranks of the Auckland Battalion, now believed dead. His mother resides at Otorohanga (p. 3).
British War Medal (1914-1920)
Auckland Star (3 July 1915).
Auckland Star (11 February 1916, p. 3).
Births, Deaths & Marriages Online (New Zealand).
Cenotaph Record (Auckland War Memorial Museum).
Fiona Kean (Tauranga Heritage Collection).
Military personnel file (Archives New Zealand).
Otorohanga Cemetery Records Online (Maria Baker).
Otorohanga Cemetery Records Online (Richard Baker).
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