Frederick Henry Baker

June 16, 2015

BAKER, Frederick Henry- – – – SPC 1906-1907

DoB:– – 1892, Colac, VIC

Father:– – Thomas Baker, a farmer at Colac, Victoria.

Mother:– Rosanna, nee Despard

Service No:– 96a

Rank:– – Private

Unit:– – 1st Australian General Hospital Army Medical Corp Reinforcements

Fred Baker enlisted on 25 March 1915 at Colac, aged 23 years and 4 months. He was five feet, six and a half inches tall, of dark complexion, grey eyes and dark hair. On 18 May 1915 he embarked at Melbourne on the RMS Mooltan, and was sick with severe gastritis on board.

He was returned to Australia on the Hororata on 29 July 1915 only two months after leaving, and discharged on 22 October 1915 as being medically unfit for service.

Fred Baker married Lily Alsop in 1929 and they had five children. The family lived on Main Road, Eltham, Victoria. Fred died on 8 February 1972 aged 80 years, having succumbed to prostate cancer. He was buried at Templestowe cemetery.