|Son of Mr William and Mrs Ellen Baker
Aged 20 years
Died 1st April 1917
Commemorated at Railway Dugouts Burial Ground
Grave VII. K.9.
|Born and enlisted Rushden, resided at Desborough. Brother of Clarence.
|The Rushden Echo Friday 20 April 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Man Reported Killed - News from Army Chaplain - Private Aubrey Baker
Mr William Baker, of 20 Glassbrook road, Rushden, has received unofficial news that his fourth son, Pte James Ely [sic] Aubrey Baker has been killed in action in France. The only news to hand is contained in a letter from an army chaplain to Pte Baker's fiancee, and this letter states that Pte Aubrey Baker, 26747, Royal Essex Regt, was killed in action on April 1st, and buried on April 2nd in a military cemetery behind the lines.
Pte Baker enlisted in the Essex Regt., twelve months ago, and up to the time of receiving the news his relative and friends understood that he was in the Hampshires, having been transferred to that regiment from the Essex Regt. There is, therefore, an element of uncertainty about the chaplain's letter, and though the chaplain gives Pte Baker's right number, the soldier's relatives and friends have found in it a ray of hope, and think it may be possible that the chaplain has made a mistake.
Pte Baker went out to France last August. Previous to enlistment he worked at Marlow's shoe factory, Rushden. For seven months after reaching France he was engaged in a military shoe shop, and then went into the trenches, having been five weeks there when he was reported killed.
|The Rushden Echo Friday 27 April 1917, transcribed by Nicky Bates
Rushden Victim of the War - Private Aubrey Baker
In our last issue we reported that Mr William Baker, of 20 Glassbrook road, Rushden, had received unofficial news of the death of his son, James Eli Aubrey Baker, 26747, Royal Essex Regt., in action in France, and the family were inclined to doubt the accuracy of the report. We now regret to report that on Sunday Mr Baker received official confirmation of the sad news. The official letter says that Pte Baker was killed on April 1st, and is accompanied by a message of sympathy from the King and Queen.
|The Rushden Echo Friday 5 April 1918, transcribed by Nicky Bates
BAKER - In loving memory of my dear sweetheart, Pte Aubrey Baker, killed in action April 1st, 1917.
When I last saw his smiling face
He looked so strong and brave.
I little thought that soon he'd be
Lying in a soldier's grave.
BAKER - In loving memory of Pte Aubrey Baker, of the Hampshire Regt., who was killed in action April 1st, 1917.
We often think when sitting
Round our humble home fireplace,
Of one we loved so dearly,
And like a soldier died.
He went and did his duty,
And like a soldier fell;
He fought for King and Country,
And those he loved so well.
From his ever loving Father, Sisters and Brothers.