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Baker, Cecil Douglas (1870-1917)

Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.


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Details: Cecil Douglas Baker, born 5 December 1870 at Lewisham, Surrey, the third son of Arthur Henry Baker JP of Elderslie, Beckenham, Kent, formerly of South Eden Park, Beckenham, Kent, and later of 68 Prince's Gate, S.W.


Married to Gwendoline Baker (nee Peyman) of Walton-on-Thames.


Attended The Abbey School, Beckenham, Kent.


Attended Sherborne School (Price's house), May 1886-July 1889; 1st XI cricket team 1888, 1889; 1st XV rugby football team 1887, 1888.


Attended Merton College, Oxford, 1890-1893; Oxford University 1st XV rugby football team 1890, 1891, 1892 (captain). ‘Baker joined fellow Shirburnian Godfrey Carey in the Dark Blues pack in 1891 and was due to skipper the side a year later, only to find injury stopping from playing in the Varsity Match. He played again in 1893, when Oxford won 3-0, and also played for Blackheath.’


Represented the Barbarians.


Became a member of the Stock Exchange in 1895.


WW1, Acting Captain in the Grenadier Guards (Special Reserve), attached 1st Bn. On the outbreak of war, he was given a commission in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR), Anti-Aircraft Corps, but was transferred to the Grenadier Guards in September 1915. He was wounded in 1916. In February 1917, he was promoted to acting captain.


Cecil Douglas Baker was killed in action at Le Bois des Crapouillots, near Ypres, France on 29 July 1917, aged 46.


Commemorated at:

Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery,%20CECI...


Lord's Cricket Ground MCC Members World War 1 War Memorial in the Lord's Pavilion


Stock Exchange War Memorial


Merton College, Oxford University.


Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance.


Obituary, The Shirburnian, November 1917: 'CAPT. CECIL DOUGLAS BAKER, Grenadier Guards, who was killed on July 23rd, was the third son of the late Arthur Henry Baker, J.P., of Elderslie, Beckenham, Kent, and of Mrs Baker of 68, Prince's Gate, S.W. Born in 1870, he was educated at The Abbey School, Beckenham, at Sherborne and Merton College, Oxford, taking his degree in 1893. A fine all-round athlete, he played in both the School Xi and XV. Proceeding to Oxford, he played in the University XV in 1891, 1892 and 1893, being captain in 1892. On leaving Oxford he entered into City Life and became a member of the London Stock Exchange in 1895. He married Gwendoline, daughter of the late Alexander Peyman. On the outbreak of war he was given a commission in the R.N.V.R. Anti-Aircraft Corps, but was transferred to the Grenadier Guards in September 1915. He was wounded in 1916, and was promoted acting captain last February'.

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