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In Memory of F A BAKER
Lance Corporal
45504
8th Bn., Royal Berkshire Regiment

who died on Tuesday 17 September 1918.

Additional Information:
45504 Lance Corporal, 8th (Service) Battalion, Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment). 1st Brigade, 1st Division. Killed in action during the Battles of the Hindenburg Line on Tuesday 17 September 1918. Age 18. The only son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Baker, of High Street, Barford. He was born and resided in Barford and he enlisted in Leamington Spa. He formerly served as 11932, Devonshire Regiment. He served overseas at some time after Saturday 1 January 1916. Buried in the Ste. Emilie Valley Cemetery, Villers-Faucon, Somme, France. He is also commemorated on a Memorial Screen, St. Peter’s Church, Barford. Holder of the British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Cemetery:
STE. EMILIE VALLEY CEMETERY, VILLERS-FAUCON Somme, France
Grave or Reference Panel Number: IV. B. II.

Location:
Villers-Faucon is a village about 14 kilometres north-east of Peronne, and Ste Emilie Valley Cemetery is 2 kilometres east of the village on the road between Epehy and Roisel.

Historical Information:
On this site there were, at the Armistice, three large graves of British soldiers buried by the Germans, which now form part of Plot I; and the remainder of the cemetery is composed almost entirely of graves brought in from an older cemetery of the same name or from the battlefields. A large proportion were those of soldiers of the 16th (Irish) Division who fell in March, 1918.

There are now over 500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly half are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 21 soldiers from the United Kingdom believed to be buried among them. The Cemetery cov-ers an area of 1,907 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

STE EMILIE VALLEY OLD CEMETERY was a few hundred metres to the East. It was made by the 74th (Yeomanry) Division and by Field Ambulances.

STE EMILIE ROADSIDE GERMAN CEMETERY (now removed) on the road from Ste Emilie to Ronssoy, was made by British troops after the Armistice and contained the graves of 791 German soldiers.


Regiment, Corps etc.

Princess Charlotte of Wales’s (Royal Berkshire Regiment)

Battalion/etc.

8th Battalion.

Surname

BAKER

Christian Name(s)

Frank Albert

Born

Barford, Warwick

Enlisted

Leamington

Residence

Barford

Died Date

17/09/18

Rank

L/CPL

Number

45594

Died How

Killed in action

Theatre of War

France & Flanders

Supplementary notes

FORMERLY 11932, DEVON REGT.

 

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