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TOPIC: 32271 Pte. J. H. Baker, 109th Imp. Yeomanry PoW Grasfontein 23/11/01

32271 Pte. J. H. Baker, 109th Imp. Yeomanry PoW Grasfontein 23/11/01 4 years 8 months ago #25976

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Here's a rather rare addition to the collection. Not that the medal is rare as it's not, but to a PoW it is. It's a Yorkshire Imperial Yeomanry Medal 1900-1902 to 32271 Pte. J.H. Baker, 109th Imp. Yeo. (Yorkshire Hussars) who was captured along with Lt. Stewart. It is mentioned in Lt. Col. R.L. Birkin's DSO book, History of the 3rd Regiment Imperial Yeomanry 28-1-00 to 6-8-02 on page 120. "Moving out of Hamelfontein at midnight on November 22nd, the 109th accompanied C Squadron of the 5th Lancers and two guns to Rivers Vleis and came into touch with Maude's Commando about 10.0a.m. on the morning of the 23rd. Lieutenant Stewart accompanied by his servant, Trooper Baker, went out with a small patrol of Lancers reconnoitering. They were surprised and outnumbered by the enemy. Lieutenant Stewart was wounded and both he and Baker were captured. Thereupon one hundred men were ordered out and towards nightfall came into touch with the enemy, who immediately opened fire, which, after being replied to, was discontinued..." Baker was eventually invalided Home on 25 April 1902. He is entitled to a QSA with five clasps: CC, OFS Trans, SAO1 and SA02. If anyone knows its whereabouts, please contact me as I would love to unit them again.

Yorkshire Tribute Medal 1901-1902, 32271 Pte. J.H. Baker, 109th Imp. Yeo., Yorkshire Hussars. (WO 100/121/F124). Entitled to Q.S.A. with 5 clasps.
2nd/1st Co. Troop 4. Servent to Lt. R.C.J. Stewart. Lt. wounded and Baker captured 23.11.1901- Grasfontein (p.120 Birkin). WO 97/5209 John Henry Baker was born in Hull and joined up as a 24 year old trade clerk and ex-apprentice at Keyworth Walker Co. in Hull. Height 5'6.75" Green eyes & brown hair. He served from 23.3.01 to 13.5.02 and was discharged Medically unfit due to ill health on 14.6.1902 at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea. His father was William Baker of 145 Craven St. Hull.
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32271 Pte. J. H. Baker, 109th Imp. Yeomanry PoW Grasfontein, CC 23/11/01 4 years 8 months ago #25977

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