Pre-War Palestine and WW2 group to the Essex Regiment
General Service 1918-62, 1 clasp, Palestine, 6010683 Pte. W. R. Baker. Essex. R.;1939-45 Star; Africa Star; Defence medal; 1939-45 War Medal.
William Reid Baker initially served in the Essex Regiment and transferred to the Royal Armoured Corps, seeing active service with the 153rd Regiment as a Trooper in the Second World War. Having been discharged (K.R. 1940 Para 390 XVI) in April 1942, Baker returned home to Bierley.
With copy of medal roll for Palestine and confirmation of WW2 medals.
Palestine service, the 1st Battalion Essex Regiment moved to Catterick (From Germany) in 1935 and thence to Palestine in 1936 where it took part in putting down an Arab revolt.
WW2 service, from his medal entitlement it is clear that Baker continued to serve with the 1st battalion Essex Regiment in North Africa, the 1st Battalion served in many different British and Indian Infantry Brigades in Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Burma. The battalion served in the 23rd Infantry Brigade, 6th Division, for a few months at the beginning of the war. Rejoining in October 1941, it remained with the brigade until mid-1945, when it joined the 29th Infantry Brigade, part of the 36th British Infantry Division. It served in Tobruk, then in the campaign in Syria, before moving to India with 23rd Infantry Brigade, part of 70th Infantry Division, previously the 6th Infantry Division, which became the core of Brigadier Orde Wingate’s Special Force
Bakers medal issue note shows he was discharged from the Essex regiment in April 1942 going the R.A.C.
Medals NEF, mounted for wear.