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Frank Henry Baker WW2 army records

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Stewart Report 17 Aug 2013 22:30

I know he died in Holland on 14 Nov 1944 aged 39. I think he was born in Shipley. He was in the Royal Engineers, number 475881. My wife (his cousin) was the last of the family to see him alive before he left England for the last time.
Could anyone help me with his service records and any medals he may have received.


Reggie Report 17 Aug 2013 22:35

WW2 records are not in the public domain

His proven next of kin can apply for a cost of £30. 00, and a wait of several months.


Reggie Report 17 Aug 2013 22:42

I can't see any record on CWGC to match your info


Reggie Report 17 Aug 2013 22:44

......but it is on FMP

Army Roll of Honour 1939-1945 - soldier details
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Name: Frank BAKER
Memorial Scroll

Purchase scroll

Rank: Sapper...

Initials: F H

Birthplace: Yorkshire

Residence: Bradford

Branch at death: Other Corps, Etc

Regiment, Corps etc.: Royal Engineers

Branch at 01/09/39:

Regiment, Corps etc.:

Number: 4758881

Date died: 14 November 1944

Theatre of war: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45


Reggie Report 17 Aug 2013 22:45

OK..........found it on CWGC now.........using the correct service number


Rank: Sapper
Service No: 4758881
Date of Death:14/11/1944
Regiment/Service:Royal Engineers 204 Field Coy.
Grave ReferenceII. 90.
Additional Information:
Husband of B. O. Baker, of Whinney Hill, Yorkshire.


Reggie Report 17 Aug 2013 22:47

Marriages Jun 1937 (>99%)
Baker Frank H Davies N.Bierley 9b 103
Davies Beatrice O Baker N.Bierley 9b 103

Did they have children?


Stewart Report 18 Aug 2013 19:40

Thank you for all your repies.
Yes, they had one child called Frank born circ 1940.
It is possible he lives in the same town that his parents lived in prior to Frank senior leaving England in 1944.
In 1944 Frank and Beatrice were living with my wife and her mum and dad. The father of Beatrice lived a few doors away.
Is it possible to find out what medals Frank was awarded?
Could my wife obtain them?
I can not obtain the service records because it is possible Frank junior is still living.


Stewart Report 18 Aug 2013 19:54

Beatrice's Surname before marriage was Davies.
How they met before they got married I have no idea.


Reggie Report 18 Aug 2013 22:18

Your wife can't apply for the records.............she isn't NOK, and is not entitled to any info about him

Try looking for the man's son..............see if he wants to apply.

His birth is on freebmd


Reggie Report 18 Aug 2013 22:20

Do you know whether Beatrice re-married?


Stewart Report 18 Aug 2013 23:07

Yes, Beatrice did remarry to Eric and they had one son.


Reggie Report 19 Aug 2013 09:32

If you want to pursue this, you will have to research Frank jnr...........


Stewart Report 19 Aug 2013 20:20

Thank you everybody.
I now know
when and where Frank and Beatrice were married
when and where Frank junior was born
I think I have found Frank senior on the 1911 census, born in Bierley (the town where he married and where his son was born) and the age is ok.
I am now going to pursue Frank junior.
How do I find out if Frank received any medals during the war and what they were.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 19 Aug 2013 20:30

"How do I find out if Frank received any medals during the war and what they were."

You could try searching "The London Gazette" to see if he is mentioned.

If he was only awarded a campaign service medal after hostilities ceased, it probably won't be listed.


George_of_Westbury Report 19 Aug 2013 20:40

This info is from "The forces war records"site, which show the medals he could have received. The only way to be sure what medals he received is to obtain his service record

First Name: Frank Henry
Initials: F H
Surname: Baker
DOB: Circa 1905
Age: 39
Birth County: Yorkshire.
Resided Town: Bradford.
Nationality: British
Date of Death: 14/11/1944
Rank: Sapper
Service Number: 4758881

Campaign Medals: War Medal 1939-1945

war medal 1939-1945As with most Armed Forces Serving Personal during the conflict of World War Two, Frank Henry Baker was entitled to the War Medal 1939-1945. This medal was awarded to all full time service personnel who had completed 28 days service between 3rd September 1939 and the 2nd September 1945. Eligible personnel who had been “Mentioned In Despatches” during the War were entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf emblem on the ribbon. Those eligible for a campaign star, yet who had their service cut short by death, wounds or capture by the enemy, still qualified for this medal.

1939-45 Star

1939-45 starFrank Henry Baker was awarded the 1939-45 Star for operational Service in the Second World War between 3rd September 1939, and 2nd September 1945.

Frank Henry Baker would have been awarded this star if their service period was terminated by their death or disability due to service. Also the award of a gallantry medal or “Mention In Despatches” also produced the award of this medal, regardless of their service duration.

Fighter Aircraft Crew who took part in the Battle of Britain (10 July to 31 October 1940) were awarded the "Battle of Britain" bar to this medal. In undress uniform, a silver-gilt rosette was worn on the medal ribbon to denote the award of this clasp.

Service: British Army
Regiment: Royal Engineers
Royal Engineers during World War 2
Royal Engineers Maybe the most, greatest achievements of the RE’s were the construction and operation of the Mulberry Harbour its support for the Battle of Normandy 1944.

Click here for more information on Royal Engineers

Battalion: 204 Field Coy.
Commemorated: Netherlands
Place of Death: Western Europe Campaign, 1944/45
Order scroll mini image Order a personalised memorial scroll of Frank Henry Baker to display or give as a gift.
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Stewart Report 19 Aug 2013 23:14

Thank you for all the replies.
I will continue the investigation.


Stewart Report 19 Aug 2013 23:15

Thank you for all the replies.
I will continue the investigation.


Stephen Report 20 Aug 2013 03:21

Stewart you need to have access to his service records as unlike ww1.medals had to be apleyed for even if awarded so you will need to find his next of kln ie his son or whoever it may be to obtain his records .Stephen


Denis Report 20 Aug 2013 11:23

Anyone can apply for these records. Some information will be excluded to those who are not next of kin. An accurate explanation of the position is given here:


Stewart Report 20 Aug 2013 22:17

From the link provided by Denis I am going to apply for his service records.
I will let you know when I receive them if I have been succesful.
This may help other people in the same position.
Thank you everybody.