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WWI Veterans Yarmouth Town and County Herbert Peterson Baker
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Herbert Peterson Baker September 10, 1895 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Yarmouth, Nova Scotia 20 Dark 5 feet, 7½ inches Blue Dark Brown Single Cigar Maker Presbyterian Michael Peterson Baker (Father) Yarmouth, NS 470472 Lance Corporal September 18, 1915 March 17, 1919 64th Battalion Sussex, New Brunswick 2nd Battalion, 1st Company Canada, England, and France Wounded (Gun Shot Wounds): May 4, 1917; August 1, 1917; November 6, 1917. Herbert Baker was the son of Michael Peterson Baker (1851-1933) and Sarah (Blades) Baker (1861- 1957) of Yarmouth, NS. He was the brother of Louise (Hagen) (1887-1956), Alfred (1891-1952), and Hazel (Nickerson) (1901-1975). His brother in law, Sigurd Martin Hagen (1889-1958), served with the Royal Canadian Regiment during WWI. Herbert enlisted in Sussex, New Brunswick on September 18, 1915. He went overseas on the SS Adriatic, embarking Halifax on March 31, 1916 and disembarked at Liverpool, England on April 9, 1916. On June 28, 1916, at Shorncliffe Army Camp, he was assigned to the 12th Battalion. On August 27, 1916 he proceeded to France and was taken on strength with the 2nd Battalion, joining his unit in the field on September 13, 1916. He was first wounded on May 5, 1917 and hospitalized. He returned to action and was again wounded on August 1, 1917. Following recovery he returned to the field on September 4, 1917. At Passchendaele, Herbert was wounded for a third time on November 6, 1917 and was hospitalized in England. Recovering from his wounds he returned to France on July 9, 1918 where he continued to serve until December 23, 1918. He returned to Canada on February 20, 1919 and was discharged at Halifax on March 17, 1919. On July 4,1923, Herbert aged 27 married Addie Bouchie of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, aged 21 at Holy Trinity Church, Yarmouth. At that time Herbert was employed as a fireman on the SS Prince Arthur Boston-Yarmouth steamship.
Herbert Baker (right) 2nd Battalion Sigurd Martin Hagen (left) Royal Canadian Regiment
(Yarmouth Herald, Friday, November 16, 1917) Mr Michael Baker, South End, received official news yesterday that is son Corporal Herbert Baker, had been admitted on Nov. 6 to a Field Ambulance Hospital in France, suffering from a serious gunshot wound in the head, right shoulder and leg. This Corporal Baker’s third wounding this year, viz: May 4, August 1, and Nov 6.