Isaac William Baber

Memorial: South Gloucestershire war dead not on a local memorial

Regiment: Royal Garrison Artillery

Medals: 1914–15 Star, British War Medal, Next of Kin Memorial Plaque 1914 - 1921, Silver War Badge, Victory Medal

Rank and number: Gunner 41786

Parents: Charles and Hester Baber, step-mother Ellen Baber

Home address: 46 Maynard Terrace, Clutton

Pre-war occupation: Coal Miner

Date of birth: 07/12/1894

Place of birth: North Common, Bitton, Bristol

Date of death: 09/10/1916

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Ovillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France and not commemorated on a local memorial

Age: 22

Further information:

Isaac was born at North Common, Bitton, the son of a coal miner and the second youngest of seven children with five sisters and a brother. Isaac’s mother died when he was aged 6 and his father re-married the following year.

Isaac’s Battery (the 23rd Siege Battery) mobilised to France in August 1915 with the 25th Heavy Artillery Brigade armed with four 6” Howitzers. They were deployed behind the front line and tasked with destroying enemy artillery, supply routes, railways and stores. Isaac was killed in action during the Battle of the Somme (1 July – 18 November 1916) the result of which was indecisive at the cost of over a million allied and German casualties. The cemetery where Isaac is buried was originally located behind a dressing station that was in use between July 1916 and March 1917.

By kind permission, this information is based on the following source(s):

This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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Some information supplied by Kingwood Heritage Museum