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John BAXTER

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Surname: BAXTER

Forename(s): John

Place of Birth: Salterforth, Yorkshire

Service No: 3407

Rank: Private

Regiment / Corps / Service: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion / Unit: 1/6th Battalion

Division: 49th (West Riding) Division

Age: 22

Date of Death: 1915-12-17

Awards: ---

CWGC Grave / Memorial Reference: III. F. 7.

CWGC Cemetery: TALANA FARM CEMETERY

CWGC Memorial: ---

Non-CWGC Burial: ---

Local War Memorial: SALTERFORTH, YORKSHIRE

Local War Memorial: SKIPTON, YORKSHIRE

Additional Information:

John Baxter was the son of John and Avril Baxter, née Lupton. John, senior, was born at Salterforth, Yorkshire and Avril at Burnley, Lancashire.

1901 Salterforth, Yorkshire Census: Harry Street - John Baxter, aged 8 years, born Salterforth, son of John and Avril Baxter.

1911 Salterforth, Yorkshire Census: Harry Street - John Baxter, aged 18 years, born Salterforth, son of Avril Baxter, widow.

British Army WW1 Medal Rolls Index Cards: Pte John Baxter 6/3407, West Riding Regiment. Theatre of War first served in (1) [France]. Date of entry therein: 29 June 1915.

The John Baxter commemorated on the St Stephen’s Church War Memorial, Skipton, may have been mistakenly named and should have been Moses Baxter. The name of Moses was added to the memorial at a later date.

See also: ‘Guiseley Terriers: A Small Part in The Great War - A History of the 1/6th Battalion, Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding) Regiment’ by Stephen Barber (2018).

Data Source: Craven’s Part in the Great War - original CPGW book entry

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Entry in West Yorkshire Pioneer Illustrated War Record:

BAXTER, John, West Riding Regiment, killed in the trenches December 1915.

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Private John BAXTER

Private John BAXTER

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Regiment / Corps / Service Badge: Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regiment)

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

Divisional Sign / Service Insignia: 49th (West Riding) Division

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Surname: BAXTER

Forename(s): John

Born:

Residence: Salterforth, Lancs

Enlisted: Skipton, Yorks

Number: 3407

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Battalion: 1/6th Battalion

Decorations:

Died Date: 17/12/15

Died How: Killed in action

Theatre of War: France & Flanders

Notes:

Data from Commonwealth War Graves Commission Records

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Surname: BAXTER

Forename(s): John

Country of Service: United Kingdom

Service Number: 3407

Rank: Private

Regiment: Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment)

Unit: 1st/6th Bn.

Age: 22

Awards:

Died Date: 17/12/1915

Additional Information: Son of John and Avril Baxter, of Harry St., Salterforth, Colne. (CWGC Headstone Personal Inscription: UNTIL THE DAY BREAK)

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England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966

1935

BAXTER Avril of 27 Lee-road Nelson Lancashire widow died 27 March 1935 Probate Lancaster 27 April to Hannah Baxter spinster and Jane Starkey (wife of Ernest Starkey). Effects £344.

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Talana Farm Cemetery

Talana Farm Cemetery

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Courtesy of Aurel Sercu, Boezinge, Belgium

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07 January 1916

SALTERFORTH SOLDIER'S FATE

The relatives of Pte. John Baxter have received official intelligence that he was killed in action in France during last month. Pte. Baxter enlisted above a year ago in the 2nd West Riding along with other Salterforth comrades, who were drafted into France during last summer. Since being in service there has been a good deal of trench work, and he was instantly killed whilst in the trenches. Prior to enlisting he was a weaver at the County Brook Mill, Salterforth, and his widowed mother and family reside in Harry Street. He had a promising career and was very highly respected.

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07 January 1916

A SALTERFORTH SOLDIER KILLED

The relatives of Private John Baxter have received official intelligence that he was killed in action in France during last month. Pte. Baxter enlisted above a year ago in the 2/6th West Ridings, along with other Salterforth comrades, and was drafted along with them into France during last summer. Whilst in service he experienced a good deal of trench life, and was killed instantly whilst in the trenches. Prior to enlisting he was a weaver at County Brook Mill, and his widowed mother and family reside in Harry Street, Salterforth. He was a very promising youth, and highly respected.

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