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Eric Trezier Baker


Eric Trezier Baker was born in October 1892 to Thomas Trezier and Ellen Susan Baker of Fazakerley, in Liverpool. Thomas was a Schoolmaster and Ellen a housewife, originally from Oxfordshire. Eric was baptised at St. Mary's Church, in Walton-on-the-Hill, Liverpool on October 23, 1892.

Early Life

At the time of the 1901 Census, Eric and his family, elder sister Madeline (aged nine), Ellen (aged seven), Beatrice (aged four), Gordon (aged two) and his youngest sister Marian (aged five months) were living at 221 Lower Lane in Fazakerley, Liverpool.

By 1911, the family was still living at the same address and Eric (aged 18) was a part-time Student Teacher. Eric’s sister Ellen (aged 17) was also a Student Teacher in Liverpool. Eric later moved to 15 Albert Drive, in Orrel Park, Liverpool with his family and was resident there when he was killed.

Chester College

Eric attended Chester College and left in 1915, but no record of him teaching after this exists. It is possible he joined the Armed Forces beforehand.

Military Service

Eric joined the Royal Flying Corps, 65th Squadron and was recommended for promotion to Flying Officer on September 11, 1917. This was confirmed on January 1, 1918. Just under three weeks later, on January 19, 1918, he was reported as missing when flying a B2468 Sopwith Camel in a formation of five Camels. They attacked 17 enemy aircraft and Eric was last seen going down in a spin, followed by two Albatros Scouts between Westrozebeke and Staden.

Lest We Forget

Eric was killed in action on January 19, 1918, when his Sopwith Camel aircraft, last seen between Westrozebeke and Staden, was believed to have gone down out of control. He was 27 years old.

Post Mortem

Eric was awarded the British War and Victory Medals but as you can see on the Medal Roll Index Card, the medals were returned by his father and subsequently scrapped. He is remembered on the Arras Flying Services memorial, in France.