GEORGE WILLIAM BAKER

 

Born: 23rd May 1924, Ipswich.

Died: 12th October 1943; age: 19; MPK.

Residence: 182, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: a Cycle Repairer.

 

Rank: Able Seaman; Service Number: P/JX 358368

Regiment: Royal Navy, H.M. Submarine ‘Usurper.’

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Memorial Reference:

Panel 73, Column 3.

Portsmouth Naval Memorial,

Hampshire.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Leonard Frank & Ivy Sarah Ann Baker, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Leonard Frank Baker, born May 1892, Ipswich. An Iron Moulder.

Mother: Ivy Sarah Ann Baker (nee Roberts), born November 1897, Spalding, Lincolnshire.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939

George was a cycle repairer he was living with his parents at their family home – 182, Cemetery Road, Ipswich.

Leonard, an Iron Moulder.

Ivy, unpaid Domestic Duties.

 

3rd/12th October 1943

 

H.M. Submarine ‘Usurper’ was a U class submarine (br.) class. Built by Vickers Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Barrow-in-Furness. Owner British Royal Navy – Admiralty. Ordered 12th July 1941, laid down 18th September 1941, launched 24th September 1942, commissioned 2nd February 1943.

‘Usurper’ left Algiers on the 24th September 1943, to patrol off  La Spezia, Italy. On the 3rd October, Captain David Roger Oakeley Mott was ordered to move to the Gulf of Genoa. No further contact was made with ‘Usurper’ and she failed to return to Algiers on the 12th as was expected. The German UJ-2208 reported attacking a submarine and it is believed to have been the ‘Usurper.’ 35 crew lost.

 

 HMS Usurper wreck site 

HMS Usurper

 

 

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