A most complete and hence scarce Second World War Tunisia 8th Army Casualty group awarded to Private J. Baker, 5th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in action during a night attack in southern Tunisia on 23rd March 1943.
1939-45 Star; Africa Star with 8th Army Clasp; War Medal, together with Army Council Condolence and Campaign Medal Award Slip, typed details for: ‘Private John Baker’; Infantry Records box of issue, addressed to: ‘Mr. E.L. Baker, 21 Bradfield Rd., Beeches Estate, Ware, Birmingham 22’; and also the Buckingham Palace Memorial Scroll, this issued to: ‘Private J. Baker, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders’.
Together with the following quantity of ephemera: Soldier’s Service and Pay Book. Silver identity bracelet disc, engraved: ‘Mrs. J. Baker, 41 Buckinghams, Bham’. Recipient’s last telegram home, dated 27th January 1943. Letter from Major A. Malden, 5th Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, 8th Army, informing the recipient’s wife of his death in action during an attack on enemy positions on the night of 24th March. Letter from the British Red Cross informing his wife that Baker was killed in action, dated 6th May 1943. Letter from the War Office to recipient’s wife, confirming his death in action on 23rd March 1943 in southern Tunisia, dated 17th May 1943. War Office letters confirming the location of Baker’s grave, dated 18th July 1943. A quantity of other original documentation, and a photograph of the recipient in uniform.
John Baker, known as ‘Jack’, was born on 9th November 1910 in Birmingham, Warwickshire, and having worked as a metal worker, with the outbreak of the Second World War, he enlisted into the British Army at Hereford on 26th July 1940, joining as a Private (No.5121138) the 5th Battalion, Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders. Having qualified as a medium machine gunner on 29th April 1941, Baker then saw service in North Africa, and was killed in action in southern Tunisia on 23rd March 1943. Having no known grave, he is commemorated by name on the Ledjez-el-Bab Memorial, Tunisia. Aged 32 at the time of his death, Baker was the son of John and Lidia Baker, and husband of Ethel Louisa Baker of Birmingham.