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Baker, Norman William

MM MID, 347 Sgt 55th and 36th Siege Battery.

Born at Woolfville Nova Scotia Canada, Episcopalian. Enlisted 11 February 1915 age 26, clerk. Nok wife, Gertrude Somerset Baker of 38 Malcolm St, Fremantle (they were married 20 June 1914), later at 11 Lomas St, Cottesloe. Embarked at Melbourne per A67 Orsova 17 July 1915. Served in France 1916-1918. In May 1919 he was granted five months leave without pay and RTA in January 1920. Service medals: 1914-1915 Star, BWM and VM. Baker made the army his career. He re-engaged for set terms from 1919 until 1947 when he reached the age of retirement. He served a total of 33 years and accepted discharge on 14 December 1947. He appears to have served out WW2 on Home service. His wife’s address in 1945 was 2 Burt St, Fremantle. During WW1, Sgt Baker was mentioned in Sir Douglas Haig’s Despatch of 13 November 1916 ‘for distinguished and gallant conduct and devotion to duty in the field. He was awarded a Military Medal. London Gazette No 31430, 3 July 1919; Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No 119 17 October 1919. The actual citation was not seen.