© Sue and Julian Owen. Terms and conditions.
1st Battalion, Royal Fusiliers
who died on 20 April 1917 Age 22
Mr and Mrs Henry Baker of Hawkwood, Dunkirk, suffered the loss of two sons in the space of two months, in the Spring of 1917.
Edward Baker is remembered with honour at Bully-Grenay
Both brothers are remembered with honour at the War Memorial at Dunkirk Church. In the 1911 census, Edward was shown as aged 16, still living at home at Hawkwood, and assisting his father Henry in his fruit growing business
Photos - Owen
The Dunkirk Parish magazines of 1915/1916 briefly included a feature “NEWS FROM OUR BOYS SERVING WITH H.M. FORCES”, collected by the then headmaster of Dunkirk School W.V. Burgess. It includes the following mentions of this man:
March 1916 - Pte. Ed Baker, Royal Fusiliers, is in training at Shoreham Camp, Sussex.
September 1916 - Edward Baker has had a severe wound in the head. He is now at home on leave and will soon we hope be quite well again.
June 1917 - We deeply regret the death somewhere in France of Edward Baker. Our hearts go out in sympathy to his parents in their great loss, but they have the great comfort in knowing that their loss is his gain. He was always guided through life by a very high sense of duty to God and man, though strife and fighting were most repugnant to him. He never hesitated in answering to the call of his King and country. He will be long remembered by those who knew him in the Parish for his most devoted work for some years in our Sunday School.
National Archives in association with Ancestry.com. 1901 and 1911 England census
Commonwealth War Graves Commission website: CWGC.org
Faversham and North Kent News
Dunkirk Parish Magazine
Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery