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Remembering World War II
Harris Lawson Baker
Name: Harris Lawson Baker Rank: Private Service Number: F/86088 Service: 4th Armoured Divisional Troops Company, Royal Canadian Army Service Corps Date of Birth: September 3, 1921 Place of Birth: Oyster Pond, Halifax Co., NS Date of Enlistment: June 27, 1941 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Address at Enlistment: Lower West Jaddore, Halifax Co., NS Age at Enlistment: 20 Height: 5 feet 10 inches Complexion: Medium Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Trade: Farmer Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Grace Baker (Mother), Lower West Jaddore, NS Date of Death: May 8, 1945 Age: 23 Cemetery: Holten Canadian War Cemetery Grave: XII. C. 13. Inscription: The loss was great I’ll not complain but in heaven I hope to meet him again Commemorated on Page 493 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on October 21 Harris Lawson Baker was the son of Mr. Aubrey Clifford and Mrs. Grace Hilda Baker; husband of Gladys Elsie Baker, of 20 Franklands Village, Haywards Heath, Sussex, England. He enlisted in Halifax and was then taken on strength with the 3rd Divisional Supply Column, RCASC July 6, 1941 in Debert, Nova Scotia. He departed Canada from Halifax, Nova Scotia on July 19, 1941, and disembarked in Gourock, Scotland on July 30, 1941. Harris married Gladys Elsie Warner in Cuckfield, Sussex, England on February 20, 1943 at the Church of St. Wilfrid in Haywards Heath. (Of interesting historical note, the Church include a brass plaque in memory of John Mason Neale who also translated and wrote many hymns and carols, including “Good King Wenceslas”.) At the time of the marriage he was serving with the 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade Company, RCASC, in England. He transferred from England to northwest Europe and he died May 8, 1945, of wounds received in action a few days earlier.