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) &
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)