Edwin "Possie" Baker



Aug 22, 1891

Born in Derby, England


Jan 4, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59032 (temporary number 1270)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. H.W. Baker, father, 59 Reeves Rd., Derby, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Commercial Traveller

o       Later noted as Court Traveller

Ø      Previous military experience given as Boy Scouts in England

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

o       He was later assigned to the Signal Section 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 30, 1915

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 4, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 6 days pay


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 10, 1916

Granted 7 days Special Leave




Sep 19, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 1, 1916

Next of kin changed to read Mrs. H. Baker, mother, Derby, England, as a result of his father’s death.  He was then declared to be the sole supporter of his widowed mother.


Jan 7, 1917

Appointed Acting Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Salisbury 59861, who had been admitted to hospital


Jan 9, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 25, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave

Marriage certificate produced indicating that he had married and filled in forms for Separation Allowance


Apr 1, 1917

Next of kin changed to read Mrs. Edith Baker, wife, 55 Bridge Gate, Derby, England


Jun 30, 1917

Reduced to the rank of Private as punishment for being out of bounds without a pass and disobeying an order


Nov 24, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Laryngitis


Nov 29, 1917

Transferred to the No. 12 CFA


Dec 10, 1917

Discharged to duty


Dec 16, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jan 2, 1918

Admitted to the Barnwell Military Hospital, Cambridge, while on leave with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Apr 4, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital, Epsom


Jun 7, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for Physical Therapy


Jul 23, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford, on being discharged from hospital


Nov 7, 1918

Qualified as a 1st Class Signaller


Nov 26, 1918

On Command to the 8th Reserve Battalion, Witley, for duty


Dec 24, 1918

On Command to the OMFC HQ (Overseas Military Force of Canada Headquarters) in Argyle House, London, for duty


Dec 12, 1919

Posted to the #2 CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) pending return to Canada and TOS Military District #2, London, Ontario for pay purposes


Dec 17, 1919

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool


Dec 26, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick


Dec 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Saint John, New Brunswick 

Ø      Rank on discharge Signaller

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 412246

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o the GPO (General Post Office) Kingston 

During WW2, Edwin Baker served with the Veteran’s Home Guard, followed by employment with the Commissionaires of Canada in the Toronto, Ontario area


Mar 31, 1981

Edwin Baker died in Scarborough, Ontario


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