The Soldier's Details

First Name:
John Robert
Nick Name:
Regimental #:
'A' Company, 6 Platoon
Place of Birth:
Perth, Western Australia
Father's Name:
William Baker
Mothers's Name:
Rosa Baker (nee Thomas)
Church of England
Pre-war Occupation:
Railway Linesman
'A' Force, Java Party, No. 4, Black Force
Camps Burma:
Thabyuzyat, Tanyub 35km, Anakwin 45km, Taungzan 57km, Mezali 72km, Apalon 77k, Kyondaw 85km, Payathonzu 108 km, 122, Neikhe 131, Neikhe 133, Changaraya 113km
Camps Java:
Bicycle Camp
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 (Jack) Baker married Sylvia (Joyce) Smith before 1937.
In 1939, Maude Hilda Smith died, she is  mother of Joyce Baker and Nell Dorizzi .

Above:  The ‘Smith’ girls were all competitive hockey players for Toodyay.  We believe Mrs Chitty is sister to Joyce & Nell.  Notice Mrs W. Lynn.
Please read about Jack’s farewell party at the Newcastle Hotel, Toodyay
When Jack Baker enlisted in 1940, the couple were living in Toodyay (where Joyce was born) and he was employed with the Railways as a linesman.  He joined ‘A’ Coy 6 Platoon under CO Lt Morrison – Gordon and Tom were in same Platoon.
Sylvia’s sister Harriett Ellen Maude (Nell)  Smith was married to Tom Dorizzi.  Dorizzi and Jack Baker were best of mates.




Jack failed to board  ‘Aquitania’ prior to departing  Fremantle on 16 January 1942 and was 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.


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

Please read Java Force No. 4 Williams Force



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


Camp Locations:

  • Nikhe Wood Camp, Ni Thea, 131 Kilo, 284k - Thailand
  • Apalon, Apalaine, 80 Kilo, 337k - Burma
  • Taungzun, 60 Kilo, 358k - Burma
  • Thanbyuzayat, 415k - Burma
  • Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Jakarta - Java ***
  • Tanyin 35 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Anakwin 45 Kilo Camp - Burma
  • Mezali 70km Camp - Burma
  • Nikhe, Ni Thea, 133Kilo Camp, 281.80km - Thailand
  • Kyondaw 95 Kilo Camp – Burma