BAKER, Albert

Lance Sergeant
Unit / Base: 
1 Commando
Prior Police Service: 
Bradford City Police
Grenadier Guards
Died : 
Monday, January 22, 1945
Killed in action or died of wounds
Albert baker No.1 Commando
Lance Sergeant Albert Baker D.C.M., died during operations at Kangaw, Burma. Son of Albert and Annie Baker, of Stanningley, Leeds, Yorkshire.
Albert Baker was a Bradford City Police Officer prior to military service. His name is amongst others on the Bradford City Police War Memorial Plaque located at Bradford Police Museum, Town Hall, Norfolk Gardens, Bradford. 
Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in recognition of gallant and distinguished service with No.1 Commando in 1943 during operations in North Africa (Battle of Sedjenane).
Award recommendation
"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After the Section had withdrawn successfully this N.C.O., together with his No. 1 advanced under heavy fire and captured two enemy Machine Gun positions killing their crews.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. "
Issue 9 of the Third Jungle Book.
London Gazette 35987, page 1846.
National Archives WO373/1/127.
IWM War Memorials Register.
[Image] Article in the Bradford Observer 12 February 1945 (see Linked Content below).
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