BAKER, Albert

Rank: 
Lance Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Grenadier Guards
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
2614133
Honours & Awards: 
Died : 
Monday, January 22, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Age: 
28
Cemetery/Memorial: 
Roll of Honour: 
LSgt Baker DCM  was killed during operations at Kangaw. 
 
2 years earlier he was awarded the DCM (Immediate)  for gallantry in North Africa whilst a Lance Corporal.
 

Citation for DCM

"Throughout the period 26th February to 4th March 1943 during which time his Troop were constantly engaged with the enemy, the above N.C.O. has at all times shown the highest powers of leadership, courage and devotion to duty. During the attack on Hill Point 231 on 2nd March 1943 he was acting as No. 2 on the Bren gun. Altogether, with his No. 1 (Private Williams, 83) he was instrumental in destroying a large number of the enemy and enemy Machine Gun positions.

When his Troop position was being over-run by the enemy, his Bren gun was responsible for covering the withdrawal of his Sub-Section. This he carried out to such effect that the Section withdrew without loss. After the Section had withdrawn successfully this N.C.O., together with his No. 1 advanced under heavy fire and captured two enemy Machine Gun positions killing their crews. During this action Lance-Corporal Baker sustained an injury but he carried on and with his Troop succeeded in getting back to Sedjenane.

Before the battle of Sedjenane started, Lance Corporal Baker was sent down to the A.D.S. for treatment. On arrival at the A.D.S. he found the battle of Sedjenane had started. He thereupon refused treatment and joined with the 6th Battalion Lincolns and was put in charge of a M.M.G. During the battle of Sedjenane he directed the fire of his team to such good effect that a great many casualties were inflicted on the enemy. Throughout the whole period of operations Lance Corporal Baker has at all times shown the highest standard of leadership, courage and devotion to duty. "
 
Sources
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book
London Gazettes Supp. 35987, page 1846
National Archives WO/373/1/127
 
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