An Ipswich man not remembered on Christchurch Park Memorial.
Picture donated by Mr C. Elliott.
Date of birth: 1919
Birth place: Suffolk
Service Number: 5830598
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment 4th and 5th Battalion: The Battalions were attached to the 18th East Anglian Division. 15 February 1942: After the fall of Singapore, approximately 620 of the Battalions were taken POW and later mostly died on the Burma-Thailand Railway.
SON OF ROBERT RUSSELL BAKER AND ELSIE ANNIE BAKER, OF IPSWICH.
Raymond Russell Baker born 1918, (district of) Wangford, Suffolk. Death
Registered at Yarmouth 1940. All CWGC are the same as in the letter.
Buried at Sec. X.C. Div 1 Grave 407 Ipswich New Cemetery.
Parents Elsie Annie Fiske, born 14th October 1891, Beccles, Suffolk.
Died January 1987, Ipswich. Robert Russell Baker, born 1884, Colchester,
Essex – died 1961 (district of) Samford. They were married district of
Note: A Mine was washed up on beach after storm at Gorleston, Raymond was driving an officer to the beach for him to inspect the washed up mine. While the mine was being moved it was set off by accident and Raymond was hit in the back by shrapnel and died in hospital of gangrene.
(Extract from letter from family member. Mr C. Elliott. June 2015)
“The Baker Family were for many years well known grocers with at various times, a shop on the Gainsborough Estate and later another in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich. Their only daughter who was a young woman worked for a time at the Ancient House bookshop, was among the first Suffolk G.I brides to go to America in 1946 but she died out there some years ago and there is now only one surviving son in America. Naturally the Baker family is not forgotten (I am 86) as I do still attend to their graves from time to time when I visit my native Suffolk. The parents and son are visited from the Belvedere Road entrance. When my cousin was wounded by a mine explosion on the Gorleston sea coast on October 17th 1940, with the death on the 21st, I was present at 11. With his parents and my father when he passed on. My own home then was Beccles, Suffolk, and Private Baker, who was an officer’s driver, sometimes drove on to Beccles “on business””