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Information from Clive Wood, 2008
Private Clarence Baker

45127 7th Battalion Suffolk Regiment

Son of Mr William & Mrs Ellen Baker

Aged 19 years

Died 23rd June 1917

Commemorated at Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt
Grave I. B.11


Born at Rushden, enlisted at Kettering. Brother of Aubrey and of Edgar.
Rushden Echo, June 29 1917, transcribed by Clive Wood

One Brother killed and one wounded by the same shell

It is officially reported that Pte Clarence Baker, son of Mr Baker, of 22, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has been killed in action. He joined up not very long ago, and went to France about two months ago. He went into the trenches on Thursday 21st with a machine gun crew. A shell exploded among them killing him and wounding the others including the deceased soldiers brother, Pte 'Click' Baker.

The Rushden Echo, 29th June, 1917, transcribed by Gill Hollis

Rushden Brothers in Arms
One Killed and One Wounded - By the Same Shell
Parent’s Second Bereavement
  The sad news has reached Mr. William Baker, of 20, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, that one of his sons, Pte. Clarence Baker, of the Suffolk Regiment, was killed by a shell on Sunday last while serving in France, and that the same shell also wounded another son, Pte. Edgar Baker, who was in the same regiment – and in the same company – as the deceased soldier.  The bereavement is all the heavier because Mr. Baker lost another son on April 1st, viz., Pte. Aubrey Baker, of the Hampshire, as reported at the time in the “Rushden Echo.”

  The late Pte. Clarence Baker, who was 19 years of age last April, and his brother Edgar, who is 29 years of age, joined the Colours on the same day – in January last – prior to which they both worked at the shoe factory of Mr. William Claridge.

  Pte. Clarence Baker’s death is referred to in several letters which have reached Rushden from comrades, including one which was written at the request of Pte. Edgar Baker by a chum.

  Additional sadness is added to the event by the fact that Mr. William Baker is a widower, his wife having died about 18 years ago, leaving nine children, who were brought up by their father.

  A letter sent by Pte. Burgess, of Rushden to Miss Robinson gives the information that he and Mr. Baker’s two sons were in a sand-bag shelter, which was struck by a shell and blown in.  Pte. Burgess was uninjured, although buried, but Pte. C. Baker was killed instantly by a shell splinter in the heart, and Pte. Edgar Baker was wounded in the left hand.

  This morning Mr. Baker received a card from his son Edgar addressed from the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester, to say that he had arrived in England.

The Wellingborough News Friday 13 July 1917,transcribed by Nicky Bates

News of Kettering and Rushden Soldiers

Pte T A Smith, of the Suffolk Regiment, formerly on the staff of this paper at Kettering, writes under date June 30th, from the 2nd Canadian Hospital, Le Treport, France: "Just a few lines to let you know that I am going on well after a fortnight in the above hospital with trench fever. I have just received a letter from Pte F B Houghton, of King-street, Kettering, of the Suffolk Regiment, a chum of mine, under date June 27th. He states that the Suffolks, in which regiment there are many local lads, were in the front line trenches, and a few were unfortunately knocked out. There was one particularly sad coincidence when a shell burst in a dugout, killing Pte Clarence Baker of Rushden, and also wounded his brother, who were both in the same dugout. Pte Checksfield, of Rushden, and Pte John Henson of Peterborough, have also been wounded. Pte Carlisle, of Wisbech, has had an unfortunate accident. Whilst cleaning his rifle in the trenches he badly wounded his leg. There was a bullet in the barrel of the rifle, which he was not aware of, and it accidentally went off. All belong to the Suffolk Regiment, and enlisted in January of the present year."


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