Frederick James William (Jim) BAKER

Frederick James William (Jim) BAKER

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  • Name Frederick James William BAKER 
    Nickname Jim 
    Born 4 Nov 1923  Burley Street, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Baptised 27 Jan 1924  Burley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation 1937  Burley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a grocers boy 
    Occupation 3 Apr 1939 
    a Royal Navy officer 
    Residence Jun 1948  HMS Siskin, Gosport, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1954  Palmers Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1963  Forest Row, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    a marketing manager 
    Died 27 Oct 1995  Newport, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Cremated 1 Nov 1995  the Crematorium, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 5 siblings 
    Notes 
    • 1923: Born in Burley Street on Sunday, 4 November. Later lived in Shappen Hill Lane, Burley

      1924: Baptized in Burley Parish Church on 27 January 1924 by O L Cole, Vicar

      1928 - 1937: Attended Burley School

      1937 - 1939: Worked in Grocers Shop in Burley when he left school (M&W - Misslebrook & Weston? - more likely "Broomfield & Waters" - shown in Records of Burley in 1935)

      Volunteered as a Boy for Royal Navy, 3 Apr 1939 for 12 years
      1939 - 1963: Served in Royal Navy.

      Nov 1946: Met Gladys while she was working at Camden House, Burley

      Apr 1946: Became engaged in Apr 1947.

      Royal Navy career:
      Awarded 1939-45 Star, Atlantic Star, Africa Star and Clasp, Italy Star and War Medal on 25 Jul 1949. On 30 Nov 1956 was awarded the LS & GF Medal.
      April 1939: Joined navy as a boy aged 15.5 years
      As a Boy was based at St Vincent (Gosport), St George and Victory.
      Evacuated to Douglas, Isle of Man from St Vincent to continue training.
      1940: destined for the Eastern Mediterranean Fleet, joined from Portsmouth in convoy on board luxury liner "Andes" via Cape Town, Durban and Bombay then on board troopship through the Suez Canal to Alexandria, Egypt. [RMS Andes https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Motacilla/Shipping#CITEREFNicol2001b]
      HMS Mohawk (tribal class destroyer, 14th Destroyer Flotilla) from 3 Aug 1940 to 16 Apr 1941 (rescued by HMS Nubian, brother Charlie was on board). HMS Mohawk was sunk during the "Battle of the Tarigo Convoy". Note loss of 43 lives, http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1941-04APR.htm
      HMS Nubian from 17 Apr 1941 to 19 Jan 1943, rising from Ord. Seaman to Acting Leading Seaman.
      Although not recorded in Naval record, assigned to Arethusa which was being returned to USA for repairs in Charlestown, South Carolina. Travelled to new York to pick up a convoy back to England.
      Based at Drake, Victory, Vernon and Victory from 20 Jan 1943 to 25 Nov 1943 as Petty Officer
      HMS Hunter (aircraft carrier) from 26 Nov 1943 to 26 Sep 1944
      HMS St Angelo (Naval Base, Malta) from 27 Sep 1944 to 27 May 1946. This was a transit camp and arrangements were made here to transport huge numbers of men to England after VE Day.
      1946 - 1947: Training as PTI in Pitt Street? Qualified as Physical Training instructor [aka "Club Swinger"] on 29 Aug 1947
      HMS St George from 2 Oct 1947 to 26 Nov 1947 (Royal Tournament)
      HMS Siskin from 17 Nov 1947 to 1 Feb 1950 and from 1 Nov 1952 to 3 Jul 1955 rising to CPO
      HMS Indomitable from 29 Jun 1950 to 12 May 1952
      HMS Siskin from 1 Nov 1952 to 3 Jul 1955 rising to CPO
      HMS Dolphin from 4 Jul 1955 to 31 Oct 1956
      HMS Armada from 20 Mar 1957 to 8 Sep 1958 ***
      HMS St Vincent from 9 Sep 1958 to 20 Sep 1961
      HMS Victory from 21 Sep 1961 to 3 Nov 1963
      RN Boxing Association judge, RN Football Association Referee Class III. Noted as an above average hockey player

      11 Jul 1952: Purchased plot of land, 40 feet by 200 feet, on which to build Camburley in Palmers Road, Wootton. Conveyance shows purchase was from Maurice Lloyd Betteridge, Licensed Victualler of the Wellington, Ryde. Purchase price was GBP138. This plot of land was previously owned by Leslie Stuart Ash, John Wadham and Albert Edward Leech, and was a piece of land sold to Leech by Frank Hayter, which formed part of Wootton Farm. Wootton Farm was purchased by Frank Hayter from Rt Hon C. R. 5th Earl Grey G. H. Benson & R. L Benson. The Farm was inherited from Robert Stayner Holford of Westonbirt, Tetbury in Gloucestershire. Frank Hayter was Father of Grace & Maggie (Margaret?) Hayter (and Frank & Barbara).

      29 Mar 1954: Moved from Meadowbrook, Yard, Godshill to Palmers Road, Wootton, IoW

      12 Jul 1955: CPO JX162219, RN, HMS Dolphin (Birth Certificate of Jon)

      3 Feb 1960: Purchased a small piece of land, 60 feet by 6 feet, from Leslie Stuart Ash on which to build garage (price GBP10)

      From 1963 to 1988 worked for J Arthur Dixon, Greeting Card manufacturer.

      Captain of Newport Golf Club

      Jim had four sisters and one brother - Lily, Charles, Diana, Betty and Pat.

      April 15, 1941:
      Battle of the Tarigo Convoy https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Tarigo_Convoy
      At the Tunisia Coast, a convoy of 3 Italian destroyers and 5 merchant ships were engaged by the British 14th Flotilla which included the Mohawk, Nubian, Jervis and Janus. In this battle, all 5 merchant ships were sunk as well as 2 of the Italian destroyers, the Luca Tarigo and Baleno. A British shell eventually hit the Tarigo's bridge, blowing the leg off the captain, Commander Pietro de Cristofero. An ensign of the Tarigo managed to launch 3 torpedoes, sinking the HMS Mohawk before getting her steering gear destroyed and having the deckhouses go up in flames. The Luca Tarigo finally settled to the bottom of the sea after being hit numerous times.

      April 16 1941:
      Italian ships German ships British ships
      Sabaudia Transport Exploded Adana Transport Sunk Jervis Destroyer
      Luca Tarigo Escort Sunk Arta Transport Sunk Janus Destroyer
      Lampo Escort Beached Aegina Transport Sunk Nubian Destroyer
      Baleno Escort Beached Iserlohn Transport Sunk Mohawk Destroyer Sunk
      Mohawk sunk by torpedo from the Italian destroyer escort Luca Tarigo (Bert Read of Burley was amongst the lives lost when the Mohawk was sunk)

      *** HMS Armada 1956-57
      Deployed with 3rd Flotilla as part of Home Fleet and took part in Home Fleet exercise and visits programmes as well as NATO Exercises.
      (Note: During 1957 and 1958 Home Fleet ships were deployed off Iceland for the protection of British fishing vessels after the dispute with Iceland over fishing limits (“Cod War”). There was also a marked increase in Soviet surveillance of NATO ship movements.)
    Person ID I2  Baker Family Tree
    Last Modified 22 Feb 2017 

    Father James BAKER,   b. 6 Mar 1892, Usk Street, Bethnal Green, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1973, Burley, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Mother Mary Ann Elsie (Elsie) HAYTER,   b. 2 Dec 1894, Bournemouth, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 1981, Bournemouth, Dorset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 12 Jul 1917  St James, West End, Southampton, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Gladys Mary (Boad) KEEN,   b. 29 Aug 1927, Brook Cottage, Chillerton, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Nov 2016, Woodside, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 20 Dec 1947  Godshill, Isle of Wight, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    Children 
    +1. J.M. BAKER
    +2. J.S. BAKER
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Nov 1923 - Burley Street, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptised - 27 Jan 1924 - Burley, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a grocers boy - 1937 - Burley, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Dec 1947 - Godshill, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Jun 1948 - HMS Siskin, Gosport, Hampshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1954 - Palmers Road, Wootton, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - a marketing manager - 1963 - Forest Row, Newport, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Oct 1995 - Newport, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCremated - 1 Nov 1995 - the Crematorium, Whippingham, Isle of Wight, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Jim Baker aboard HMS Armada
    Jim Baker aboard HMS Armada
    HMS Armada
    HMS Armada
    The British "Battle" class destroyer HMS "Armada" in 1945 - 46~~
    HMS Armada
    HMS Armada
    HMS ARMADA - Battle-class Destroyer
    Frederick James William Baker
    Frederick James William Baker
    Photograph taken in Hamrun, Malta

    Histories
    Jim Baker - Wartime Memories
    Jim Baker - Wartime Memories
    This was my Father's account of his war time experiences. It was originally hand written for a school project for a family member. This is my transcription of his account.

  • Sources 
    1. [S1] Birth Certificate, 24 Nov 2016.

    2. [S3] Parish Register, Baptism Record 1174.

    3. [S22] Marriage Certificate.
      Married by Licence

    4. [S140] IOW FHS Searchable Registered Marriage Index, Isle Of Wight Family History Society, (http://www.isle-of-wight-fhs.co.uk/bmd_1/marriages/bmd_m_search.html), COE20.2/57.
      All Saints, Godshill