Horace Morgan Baker, a former pupil at Oakham School, was a Captain with the 1st Brigade Australian Field Artillery, 1 Australian Division. He was the son of Joseph H and Louisa J Baker and the husband of Fannie L Baker, of Church Street, Hunter's Hill, New South Wales. He was born in Leicester in 1876 and was educated at Oakham School between 1892 and 1893. He then went on to attend University in Philadelphia and in Sydney. He emigrated to Australia in 1902 where he worked as a Veterinary Surgeon. The Australian records show that he enlisted in Adelaide as a Captain (Veterinary Officer), 3 Infantry Brigade Headquarters and Australian Army Ordnance Corps No. 1 Company in October 1914. He was sent out to Gallipoli where he suffered from dysentery and was evacuated to France. He died on 11 April 1916 from pneumonia aged 39. Horace is buried in Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, grave IV.A.26, and is remembered on the war memorial at Oakham School.
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