1914-18          Rayne War Memorial       1939-45
In Memory of
Private PETER BAKER 12261
2nd Btn., Essex Regiment
who died on Saturday, 1st July 1916.
Age 29.

War Graves Commission

Casualty Details     772059 

Date of birth 22nd September 1887.
Son of Arthur and Eliza Baker who lived at Rayne Hall Green at the time of the 1891 census.

Peter was the brother of James.  Other family members were Albert, Kate, Samuel, Lily, Charles and Joseph.
Peter went to Rayne School, being admitted on 7th January 1895, leaving on 20th January 1899 to work on a farm.

Peter and James were the brothers of Lily Jarvis and therefore the Uncles of Mary Cole.

Peter enlisted at Chelmsford. Went to France 30th May 1915.

Panel Number:

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL, Somme, France Pier and Face 10 D

The Thiepval Memorial will be found on the D73, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).

Theatre of War:

When the Battle of the Somme started on 1st July 1916, Pte Baker was in reserve with the 2nd Essex 
opposite Beaumont Hamel. 

After heavy fighting on 1st July the battalion was ordered to hold the front line trenches until 5th July.

Pte Baker was killed during heavy shelling on 1st July, two days before his brother.  As this ground was fought over many times during next three years he is one of the many soldiers who have no known grave.