Alfred Baker was born at Rowley Regis and enlisted in the Worcestershire Territorials. He served in the 1/8th Battalion and probably fought in the later actions of the 1916 Battle of the Somme. In March 1917 the Worcesters followed up the retirement of the enemy from the Somme to the Hindenburg Line and entered the devastated town of Peronne on the 18th March. Their chief action in April was the capture of the Mound at Templeux-le-Guerard on April 8th, a notable feat. It is likely that Private Alfred Baker was among the casualties of this attack. He was taken to a Casualty Clearing Station at Peronne where he died of wounds on the 27th April. He is buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension (I B 3) and commemorated on the Brierley Hill and Brierley Hill church Memorials.
St James Vicarage, The Parade, Dudley DY1 3JA
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