The Soldier's Details
- First Name:
- John Andrew
- Nick Name:
- Corporal (Promoted 12.2.1942)
- Regimental #:
- ‘C’ Company - Clerk
- Place of Birth:
- Warrninster, Wiltshire, England
- Father's Name:
- Henry Andrew Baker
- Mothers's Name:
- Dorothy Winifred Baker
- Church of England
- Pre-war Occupation:
- Selarang Camp Changi
- '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
- Return Details 1945:
- Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Circassia.
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)
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.
- 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