Biography

Birth date: 1884
Birth place: United Kingdom: England, London
Death date: 14 May 1918
Death place: France
Final rank: Quartermaster Sergeant
Service number: 1032 - First World War, 1914-1918
1038 - First World War, 1914-1918
Units:
  • 20th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force

Ernest William Baker was born in London, England and worked as a wholesale butcher and cook before the outbreak of the First World War. He was 30 years old when he arrived in Australia. At the time he enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force, he was 31 years old and had previously served with the Naval and Military Expeditionary Force (Tropical Unit). Baker was assigned to the 20th Infantry Battalion and departed Melbourne aboard HMAT Berrima on 9 August 1915. William Baker died on 14 May 1918 and is buried at Querrieu British Cemetery, France.

Rolls and Awards

Roll of Honour

  • Rank: Quartermaster-Sergeant
  • Date of Death: 14 May 1918
  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 25 June 1915
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: Private
  • Date of embarkation: 19 August 1914
  • Place of embarkation: Sydney

Australian Red Cross Wounded and Missing Files

  • Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant
  • Unit: 20th Australian Infantry Battalion

Collection Items

Private Record

Baker, Ernest William (Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant, b.1884 - d.1918)

Collection relating to the service of 1032 Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Ernest William Baker, Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) and 20 Battalion, Rabaul, Gallipoli and France, 1914-1918. Collection consists of 16 letters written by Baker to members of his family... Maker: Baker, Ernest William

1DRL/0083 (With records)

Digitised Collection

Letters from Ernest William Baker to his Family, 1914-1918

Letters relating to the First World War service of 1032 Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Ernest William Baker, Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) and 20th Battalion. The letters were written by Ernest Baker to his family between 1 November 1914 and 4 February 1918. In...

RCDIG0000172

Letter from Hercules Scott Highfield Dickson to Baker Family, 1916

Letter relating to the First World War service of 1032 Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Ernest William Baker, Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) and 20th Battalion. The letter was written by 1189 Lance Corporal Hercules Scott Highfield Dickson, MSM, 20 Battalion to Mr and...

RCDIG0000173

Letter from William Adolphus Jones to Baker Family, 1916

Letter relating to the First World War service of 1032 Regimental Quarter Master Sergeant Ernest William Baker, Australian Navy and Military Expeditionary Force (AN&MEF) and 20th Battalion. The letter was written by 588 Lieutenant William Adolphus Jones, 20th Battalion to Mr and Mrs Baker on 23...

RCDIG0000174

Timeline

Date of birth 1884
Date of embarkation 1914-08-19
Date of embarkation 1915-06-25
Date of death 1918-05-14