9585, Private Charles Baker, age 20
2nd Battalion, The Suffolk Regiment
Killed 8 October 1918
Charles Baker was born 15 May 1889 in Walton to Susannah nee Snell and George Baker. One of seven surviving children, in 1911 the family lived at Ivy Cottage in Lower Walton, Felixstowe. Charles’ father George died on 14 Jan 1914. During the war, his family lived at ‘The Shop’ Grange Road, Walton.
The 2nd Suffolk Regiment were in action at the Battle of Cambrai, part of the Battles of the Hindenburg. Along with the 1st Northumberland Fusiliers, the 4th Royal Fusiliers and the King's Liverpool Regiment they were to take the road to La Targette including the capture of Seranvillers. The objectives were successful apart from taking La Targette and more than 2600 prisoners were captured but this was at a cost of over 1500 killed, wounded or missing. Charles was one of those killed in action on 08 October 1918, aged 20, just over a month before the end of the war. He is buried at the Naves Communal Cemetery Extension and his headstone inscription reads ‘Bravely Died At Duty’s Call’
The Suffolk Regiment
Naves Communal Cemetery Extension
8th October extract from the 2nd Suffolk Regiment War Diary held by the National Archive