A poignant WWI family group comprising: Three: 1914-15 star ...

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A poignant WWI family group comprising: Three: 1914-15 star (1772 Pte C C Baker A.P.C), BWM, Victory (2nd Lieut C.C. Baker), with Memorial plaque to Colin Claude Baker; Four:1914-15 star (1476 Pte E.C. Baker A.P.C), BWM, Victory, MSM (A Sjt), with Memorial plaque to Edgar Cecil Baker; Three: 1914-15 star, BWM, Victory (14636 Pte J H Baker C.Gds). All medals EF or Unc and attractively mounted and framed. Also with lot various family snapshots and letters. Plate 2 Note: Pte C.C. Baker APC was sent to France 20th April 1915. He took a Commission August 1915 as 2nd Lt 13th Bn Sherwood Foresters and later joined the 10th Bn at Halley. On 24th April 1917 he was active at the Battle of Arras where he received wounds from which he died on 12th May 1917, aged 28; his brother, Edgar Cecil Baker also served in the APC in France, in 1918 he was awarded his MSM and later became attached to The Hampshire Regiment. An included family letter of June 25th 1918 states “we had another great loss, dear old Edgar, about six weeks ago (he) left the APC to go for his months training before coming home for his Commission, he was put in charge of a Platoon and sent straight into the line, in a few days he was wounded rather badly, also gassed....” He was sent back to the UK and treated at a Lancashire Hospital where he received visitors from the family, the letter continues “on the following day gas poisoning intervened and he died in a few hours”, and “another very sad thought, the day before Edgar died Dad saw his name in the Honours List, he had won the Meritorious Service Medal and he never knew.” Edgar Cecil Baker died 19.06.1918 aged 32.

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