The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Baker
First Name:
John Andrew
Nick Name:
Jack
Rank:
Corporal (Promoted 12.2.1942)
Regimental #:
WX8962
Company:
‘C’ Company - Clerk
Enlisted:
25.10.1940
Discharged:
22.02.1946
DOB:
21.03.1918
Place of Birth:
Warrninster, Wiltshire, England
Father's Name:
Henry Andrew Baker
Mothers's Name:
Dorothy Winifred Baker
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Accountant
Singapore:
Selarang Camp Changi
Force:
'A' Force Burma, Green Force, No. 3 Battalion.
Camps Thailand:
Tamarkan, Chungkai, Nikhe Wood Camp (commanded several parties of thirty or more POW’s as wood cutters on the railway), Tamuang
POW#:
1331
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia.

General Description

John Andrew Baker, standing 2nd from Left.

Photo taken October 1945 – The men all returning as POWs from Burma Thai Railway.  (Jack only 2/4th member in photo)

EPSON MFP image

Jack Baker, clerk “C” Company,  was one of many who jumped ship at Fremantle.  Major Green later reinstated the stripes Jack lost over the incident.

Following his return to Australia, Albany boy Jack Baker , moved to live in Fiji where he managed a plantation and lived for many years.

He retired to live in Paradise Waters, Queensland and died in 2015.  Jack was a member of the RSL Surfers Paradise where he was highly thought of.  Jack and the late Ron Badock maintained telephone contact throughout the latter years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Camp Locations:

  • Selarang Camp Changi - Singapore
  • Chungkai, 60k - Thailand
  • Nikhe Wood Camp, Ni Thea, 131 Kilo, 284k - Thailand
  • Tamarkan, Tha Makham 56k - Thailand
  • Tamuang, Tha Muang 39k - Thailand
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