The Soldier's Details

Surname:
Baker
First Name:
John Robert
Nick Name:
Believed to be Bob
Rank:
Private
Regimental #:
WX9367
Company:
'A' Company
Enlisted:
4.11.1940
Discharged:
10.01.1946
DOB:
21.10.1907
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Baker
Mothers's Name:
Rosa Baker (nee Thomas)
Religion:
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Railway Linesman
Java:
‘Blackforce'
Force:
'A' Force, Java Party, No. 4, Black Force
Return Details 1945:
Thailand-Singapore by aircraft, Singapore-Fremantle, HMT Moreton Bay

General Description

William Baker Born Fremantle 1887 married in 1906 to Rosa Thomas born in Cumberland, England 1877.  The couple had 6 children over 10 years, 3 daughters and 3 sons, one son died soon after birth.

John Robert Baker married Sylvia Joyce Smith before 1937.
When Bob Baker enlisted in 1940, the couple  were living in Toodyay (where Sylvia was born) and he was employed with the Railways as a linesman.

Bob Baker died 17 November 1962 in Perth aged 55 years.  Sylvia Baker died in 1966.

 

 

 

This message was supposedly sent by Bulldog Drummond in which he mentioned Bob Baker being with him.  Drummond tragically did not survive the sinking of the Rakuyo Maru.      

 

Baker and Drummond failed to board  Aquitania prior to departing  Fremantle on 16 January 1942 and were included in a party of  about 90 men from 2/4th who sailed a week or two later with plans to tranship the group to Singapore.  However by the time they sailed near Java, it was realised Singapore would fall and the men joined the Allied forces to fight the Japanese, becoming POWs about 2 months later.

John Baker was with ‘Blackforce’ please read for further information

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