Baker, George Lionel John (1896-1917)
Sherborne School, UK, Book of Remembrance for former pupils who died in the First World War, 1914-1918.
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Details: George Lionel John Baker (1896-1917), born 26 July 1896, son of Henry Reuben Baker (feather merchant) and Marion Baker (née Usher) of 9 Staverton Road, Brondesbury Park, London, formerly of 270 Willesden Lane, London. Brother of Euston Edward Francis Baker (1895-1981).
Attended Sherborne Preparatory School (Head of School).
Attended Sherborne School (Abbeylands) September 1910-July 1915; 6th form; Prefect; Head of House; 1st XV rugby football team 1914 (captain); shooting VIII team 1913, 1914. Described in the Characters of the VIII in 'The Shirburnian', July 1914, as 'Has been a little disappointing, although he has shewn himself capable of making excellent scores. A steady shot.' Appeared as 'Akerman minor' in A.R. Waugh's semi-autobiographical novel about Sherborne School, 'The Loom of Youth' (1917) oldshirburnian.org.uk/the-characters-in-the-loom-of-youth...
Medical student at Oriel College, Oxford.
‘Oxford Letter’ (The Shirburnian, April 1916):
‘G.L.J. BAKER (Oriel) is entirely invisible. Last term, we are told, he distinguished himself as ‘bow’ in a ‘four’ and could be seen most days of the week on the river. Now, however, he is immersed in physics, and looks forward to an examination this term. He expects a commission very soon.’
WW1, 2nd Lieutenant in the Middlesex Regiment. Killed in action in France on 23 April 1917.
Heninel-Croisilles Road Cemetery, I.B.2 www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/254549/BAKER,%20GEORG...
Sherborne Preparatory School roll of honour www.flickr.com/photos/sherborneschoolarchives/28163613991...
Sherborne School: War Memorial Staircase; Book of Remembrance; no.64 memorial pew in the School chapel; Abbeylands roll of honour; Mrs Baker gave £5 towards the Sherborne School War Memorial in memory of her son, 2nd Lt. G.L.J. Baker.
Obituary, The Shirburnian, June 1917:
‘2ND LIEUT. GEORGE LIONEL BAKER, Middlesex Regiment, killed April 28th [sic], 1917, was Head of the Preparatory School and subsequently of Mr King’s House. He was Captain of XV and the Shooting VIII in 1913-15. After a short time at Oriel College, Oxford, he received his Commission and was in France for four months before his death.’
Rob Petre & John Stevenson (ed.), 'A Provost’s War. The Great War Correspondence of Lancelot Ridley Phelps' (Oriel College, 2018), letter from Edward Cowles Prichard (1896-1985) to Mr Provost, 9 May 1917, concerning the death of G.L.J. Baker: ‘Thank you ever so much for your kind letter. Indeed, I do not at present feel utterly lost when I think that I shall never see dear Baker again. God alone knows what feeling existed between us. Our friendship was based on five years together at Sherborne, & I think he knew more about me than anyone in this world. However, these are no times for repining, & we must comfort ourselves as best we may, however sore our hearts may be at present.’