Louis Henry Baker

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Private Louis Henry “Brock” Baker
Life dates
09 Nov 1904 - 1998
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Louis Henry Baker (Mike Bassett)

The son of Henry and Esther he was born in Bruton, Somerset. He married Phyllis Chainey in 1929.

Unit or location Role Posted from until
South Somerset Scout Section Scout Section Member Unknown Unknown
Northumberland Scout Section Scout Section Member 01 Jun 1941 1943
Operation Haft SAS combatant Unknown Unknown
Operation Haft SAS combatant Unknown Unknown
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WOVJ 249/1
The Somerset Light Infantry
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Commissioned or Enlisted
21 Jul 1922

Painter & decorator (1939)


21 Jul 1922 He enlisted in the Queens West Surrey Regiment

4 Apr 1927 He transferred to the Somerset Light Infantry. He became a PT (Physical Training) Instructor

unknown date - left the Army

23 Dec 1940 Attested with Somerset Light Infantry

16 Jan 1941 Joined Somerset Light Infantry at Taunton Barracks after delayed embodiment (over Christmas)

6 Feb 1941 Appointed Acting Unpaid Lance Corporal at Infantrry Training Centre

22 Jul 1941 Joined Auxiliary Units, South Somerset Scout Section, relinquishing rank of unpaid Lance Corporal

11 Jul 1942 Transfered to Northumberland Scout Section (c/o PO Belford)

20 Jul 1942 to 18 Aug 1942 Admitted to Military Hospital Fenham Barracks

23 April 1943 Struck off Strength Auxiliary Units, joining 4th Battalion Somerset Light Infantry

1 Jan 1944 Moves to X list

1 Feb 1944 Joined B Squadron 1 SAS Regiment

8 May 1944 Pay stopped 14/6 by his Commanding Officer for losing his paratroopers helmet

8 Jul 1944 Operation Haft. Parachuted into France

May 1945 Sent to Norway with the SAS as part of Operation Doomsday, the unopposed liberation with the Norweigan Resistance of Norway following the German surrender in Europe.

50 Fielding Road, Yeovil, Somerset (1939)
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Taken in front of a captured German staff car, Louis Henry Baker in centre (M Bassett)
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This is a radium Signal Ball - kept in plastic in case the flurescent (and radioactive) radium leaks out

Mike Bassett (including Service Record)

Grandson, Steve Furneaux

1939 Register

Enlistment book Queens Royal Surrey regiment (Ancestry.co.uk)