George Purcell Baker

Census Address: 4 Welland Street
Place of Birth: Sheffield
Date of Birth: 1900
Enlistment Address: --
Regiment: Lincolnshire & Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Service Numbers: 40186
Place of Death: Stamford
Date Died: 1937
Welland Street, Stamford - now redeveloped

George was born in Sheffield in 1899 and was probably William Henry’s stepmother’s (Ruth Scott’s) son.

In 1901 George and his mother were living in the Gas Works Cottage, Burghley, Pilsgate at the home of his grandmother (Mary Ann Goodliff) and her second husband ( John Goodliff) who was a gas stoker on the Burghley Estate.

On the 1901 Census George was named George Scott, Scott being his mother’s maiden name. In 1906 she married William Henry Baker in Stamford. He was a widower as his first wife Emma had died in 1904.

In the 1911 Census George had taken the surname ‘Baker’. He was then living with his mother’s husband William Henry Baker, a railway checker, his half brother, William Henry aged 13, Harrold (5), Doris May (3) and Lucy (10 months). They were living at 4 Welland Street, Stamford

After the war in 1920 George Henry married Zora Florence Brown in Stamford. in the Selected Marriage Record William Henry Baker is named as his father.

George and Zora had 4 children (Winifred 1921, Sidney 1922, Doris 1926 and Lucy 1927)

George died in 1937 in Stamford after which Zora remarried in 1938.

George Purcell Baker - demob certificate

George Purcell Baker – demob certificate

George Purcell Baker - wedding photo

George Purcell Baker – wedding photo

Amendments and Addenda

His Demob certificate shows he enlisted as a Private in the Lincolnshire Regiment in 1916 but was then transferred to the Royal Dublin Fusiliers. The award of Blue Chevrons shows he served abroad. The Wound Stripes indicate he was twice listed on Casualty Lists as either wounded by gas or shell shock. His early death was as a result of the gassing in the war.