Born: 1894, Stoke, Ipswich.
Died: 3rd July 1916; age 22; KiA.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich.
Date of Entry Therein: 30th May 1915 – France.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 16038
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 7th Battalion.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1915 Star.
Pier & Face 1C & 2A.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Mrs Sarah Baker, of 16, Bradley Street, Ipswich.
1901 8, Great Whip Street, Ipswich.
Benjamin was 7 years old and living with his mother & sister.
Sarah Baker (nee Chenery), 37, born Blo, Norton, Norfolk.
Eva May Baker, 6, born Ipswich.
1911 16, Bradley Street, Ipswich.
Benjamin was 17 years old, a Wood Machinist – Foundry Water Side. He was living with his parents, sister & widowed maternal grandfather.
Benjamin Baker, 46, a G.E.R. Labourer, born Blo, Norton, Norfolk.
Eva, 16, a Book Binder.
Charles Chenery, 85, born Thelnetham, Suffolk.
Benjamin’s father Benjamin Baker died, 1919, Ipswich.
Benjamin is also remembered on St Mary at Stoke Church Ipswich War Memorial
On 2 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 7th Battalion was moved up to the British front line trenches. On 3 July, as part of the 35th Brigade, along with the 5th Royal Berkshires, the 7th Suffolks Battalion took part in a two Brigade frontal attached on Ovillers, zero hour was set for 03.15am. The first four waves reached the enemies’ third line of defence where after meeting very stiff resistance, the attack stalled. Due to the darkness the succeeding waves lost touch and were unable to assist. Casualties numbered 470 including all company commenders killed. The remnants of the Battalion remained in the trenches until 8 July.(research by Graham Jones )
THE SUFFOLK REGIMENT 7th (Service) Battalion:
Benjamin is also remembered on the Ransomes & Rapier war memorial, Bourne Park, Ipswich.