William Baker was born and lived in Wordsley. He enlisted in the Cameronians, probably in 1917, and went to the 5/6th Battalion in the 33rd Division. In the Spring of 1918 they had to suffer the second German Spring offensive and fought at Messines and Neuve Eglise. After reorganization they were part of the forces that engaged in the Advance to Victory. They achieved splendid victories in taking the St Quentin Canal and the Beaurevoir Line in September and early October and were then involved in one of the last battles of the war. Although the crossing of the Selle on the 25th October was a considerable success, there were many casualties and among them was Private William Baker who is commemorated on the Vis-en-Artois and Wordsley Memorials.
High Street, Wordsley, West Midlands, DY8 5RU
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