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He was the son of Arthur and Beatrice Mary Baker and the brother of Elsie May and Phyllis Muriel Baker who lived first at 127 Foxhall Road (1902). B 1911 they were living at 4 Esher Grove Mapperley Hall Drive Nottingham later moving to 8 Alverstone Road (all Nottingham). His father’s obituary from 2nd February 1933 in the “Nottingham Guardian” states that he was in business as a lace manufacturer for over 40 years at Tomlin’s factory, Basford, starting his business with one machine but building it up rapidly to “large proportions”.
In 1911 he was a designer and draughtsman in the lace trade.
09 Oct 1917
846801 - CWGC Website
Second Lieutenant
8th Bn The Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire Regiment)
Baker’s death was reported in the “Nottingham Guardian” on 15th October 1917. It stated that Mr Arthur Baker of 4, Esher Grove, Mapperley Park, had just received official notification that his only son, Arthur Leslie Baker, was killed in action on Tuesday 9th October. He was 25. After offering himself several times he was in September 1915 accepted for training with the OTC under Captain Trotman. He passed on to the cadet school at the Curragh in Ireland, “being in Ireland at the time of the Sinn Fein insurrection in Dublin”. He was gazetted to the West Yorkshire Regiment on August 5th 1916 and in the following month proceeded on active service. He was educated at Nottingham High School, was a member of the Union Rowing Club and a contributor of short stories to a number of magazines, several stories having been founded upon incidents in the “present war”. The “Nottingham Daily Express”, also writing on 15th October 1917 added that he had recently been involved in severe fighting on the Belgian coast.
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