Captain Lionel Charles Edwin Baker MC

11th Battalion The Queen's

(Royal West Surrey Regiment)

1st October 1918

Grave Reference: Sp.Mem.A.7.

Born in St Pancras,London on 11/03/1897.

He was baptised on 16/05/1897.

At the time of his birth his family were living at

82 Charlotte Street,Fitzroy Square ,London.

His parents were Charles Joseph Baker(1872-1940) &

Ella Cohen(1871-15/06/1953.

They were married on 11/08/1896.

He had 2 brothers, Victor Harold Edgar(11/03/1897-1970) and Leslie Albert Joseph(1901-1968).

In the 1901 census, the family were recorded as living at

69 Arlingford Road,Lambeth.Charles was employed as a commercial traveller. 

In the 1911 census,the family had moved to

20 Hollingbourne Road Herne Hill Camberwell Surrey.

Charles was now a manager to a hardware importer.

Lionel enlisted into the Essex regiment in 08/1914,before being commissioned into the 11th Battalion The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment).

His award of the Military Cross was announced in the London Gazette on 16/09/1918. It read,"For conspicuous gallantry & devotion to duty.When his battalion had suffered heavy casualties,he took command for 5 days and showed great courage and ability.By his courage and endurance under heavy machine gun and shell fire he set a fine example to his men."

He was killed in action on 01/10/1918.

After his death, the family later moved to live at

8 Lawrence Lane Cheapside London . 

In his will read on 15/10/1919,administration was to his father and he left effects of £320,12s 2d(worth today £16,729.14)

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