Shaftesbury High Streeet

Richard Henry Baker

Surname: Baker
Other names: Richard Henry
Other people in this story:
Edward John Baker
Lillian Maria Baker née Hart
Eileen Gwen Baker née Mumford
Locations in this story:
Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset
High Street, Shaftesbury, Dorset
Marlborough, Wiltshire
Military Hospital, Bangor, North Wales
Swindon, Wiltshire

Richard Henry Baker was born in Cann, Shaftesbury, Dorset, on 24th September 1898, the son of Edward John Baker and Lillian Maria Baker (nee Hart).  He lived all his early life in and around Shaftesbury, Dorset, receiving some of his education at Shaftesbury Grammar School.  His father was in business at 47 & 49 High Street, Shaftesbury.   Richard enlisted on 21st September 1916 but was not mobilized until 7th May 1918 when he joined the Royal Engineers (Signals) as a Pioneer (Service No. 349937).   He served in the UK only. He was latterly treated at the Military Hospital, Bangor, North Wales, for Rheumatic Fever and was discharged being no longer physically fit for service on 24th January 1919.  He was granted a reduced pension.  There are no medal records.  

He appears on a list of Old Boys living in London or suburbs in the February 1922 edition of the Shaftesbury Grammar School magazine. No record of the 1921 Census can be found but the Electoral Roll 1920 shows him living at 49 High Street, Shaftesbury. He married Eileen Gwen Mumford in Shaftesbury during 1928. By the 1939 Register he was living at 133 High Street, Marlborough, Wiltshire, described as a Chemist Shopkeeper and Optician.  He died in the Swindon, Wiltshire, Registry District in 1985.


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