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Carl John BAKER #7744

By Marg Powell | 13 November 2017

Carl John Baker

Carl John Baker, The Queenslander Pictorial, 24 November 1917, page 26

Indigenous Australian, Jack Baker, 15th Infantry Battalion

Carl John (Jack) Baker, was born near the town of Innisfail in 1886. Jack married Ada Lyall in 1908 and when he enlisted in August 1917 was living at Edge Hill, Cairns with his two small children.

Baker initially trained at Rifle Range camp, Enoggera, where he was assigned to the 26th Reinforcements for the 15th Infantry Battalion. They travelled by train to Sydney where they embarked on HMAT Euripides, 31 October 1917 bound for England. During the voyage Baker was hospitalised first with pleurisy, and then with mumps.

Baker arrived in France in April 1918 and joined his battalion which was at the time fighting near Villers Bretonneaux. He was wounded in action, 13 August 1918 when his company was near Bayonvillers and was admitted to the 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, with multiple shrapnel wounds, but died same day, almost a year to the day he enlisted.

Carl John (Jack) Baker is buried at Villers Bretonneux Communal Cemetery, south west of Corbie, France. Jack’s medals, memorial scroll and plaque where later issued to his wife Ada.

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