James William Baker


Apr 13, 1897

Born in Chesley, Ontario to James and Martha (nee Burtch) Baker

 

Feb 18, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario

Ø  Number 454962

Ø  Next of kin given as Martha Baker, mother, 685 Broadview Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Tinsmith

Ø  Previous military experience given as 32nd Bruce Battalion for 3 years

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

He lied about his age, stating he had been born in 1895, not his actual birth year of 1897

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area

 

Aug 30, 1915

Forfeited 4 days pay for an unrecorded offence

 

Sep 18, 1915

Sentenced to 168 hours detention and forfeited 2 days pay for an unrecorded offence

 

Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia

 

 

Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp

 

Jun 18, 1916

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea

 

Jun 19, 1916

Transferred to the Division General Hospital in Bulford

 

Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital

 

Aug 22, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital

 

Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front

 

Feb 18, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge

 

Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

 

Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 67 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion

 

Mar 28, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Baker joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux, France

 

Apr 1, 1917

While the battalion was headquartered in Bouvigny-Boyeflles, France, many men of the battalion carved their names on the wall around the chateau where battalion headquarters was located on Rue Maurice Gouy.  Private Baker was one of those men, and the photo of his carving is courtesy of Patrice Machin

 

 

 

Dec 20, 1917

Granted 14 days leave

 

Jan 5, 1918

Rejoined the battalion resting in Auchy au Bois, France from leave

 

Aug 28, 1918

During the 3rd day of intensive fighting, the 21st Battalion was advancing on the Sensee River, south east of Vis en Artois, France when Private Baker received a bullet wound to his left forearm that fractured the Radius bone.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station.

 

Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital in Etaples, France

 

Aug 30, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege

 

On arrival in England, he was admitted to the County of Middlesex War Hospital in Napsbury, London

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital

 

Oct 1, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom

 

Oct 23, 1918

Discharged from hospital and granted 10 days leave, with instructions to report to the 1st CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for physical training on completion of leave

Attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Command Depot) Witley for physical training

 

Nov 14, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

 

Nov 24, 1918

Granted permission to marry

 

Dec 15, 1918

Married and next of kin changed to read Elsie Baker, wife, 11 London Road, Clapton, London, England

 

Jan 3, 1919

Admitted to the No. 12 Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott for continuing treatment of his bullet wound

 

Jan 4, 1919

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot for pay purposes while in hospital

 

Feb 10, 1919

Transferred to the Granville Special Hospital in Buxton

 

Mar 11, 1919

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom

 

Mar 31, 1919

Discharged from hospital and granted 10 days leave, with instructions to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion on completion of his leave

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

 

May 13, 1919

Attached to the 2nd CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada

 

Jun 1, 1919

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Witley

 

Jun 27, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool

 

 

Jul 6, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and Taken On Strength Quebec Depot Clearing Services

 

Jul 9, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 328961

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 96 Woolfrey Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at No. 8 Spruce Court Apartments, Toronto, Ontario

 


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