The Tank Museum | Recipient

Albert George Baker

BAKER, 2nd Lt Albert George, MC and bar

Lieutenant Albert Baker, who worked for a milk contractor in Derby before the war, joined the Derby School Battalion in September 1914. After a period of training in England, he saw service in France for nearly a year, before returning to England to train for a commission in the Tank Corps. He joined 7th (G) Battalion. Within a week of his award for the Military Cross appearing in the London Gazette, he was awarded a bar to the Military Cross and promoted to Captain.

Captain Baker and his crew captured a German Field Gun at Cambrai and "smuggled" it back to England. In 1938 it was presented to the 7th Battalion Royal Tank Corps at Catterick. It is now an exhibit at the Tank Museum in the First World War Hall.

After the war, Captain Baker left the army to return to his former occupation of analyst to United Dairies at Uttoxeter.

Tales of valour

Military Cross and Bar

Military Cross

BAKER Albert George, (Temporary 2nd Lieutenant)

“G” Battalion Tank Corps.

August 19th, 1917. Operations in the Ypres Salient. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He reached his objective - a strong concrete emplacement - and, by getting behind it and firing his 6-pdr guns, he was able to drive the enemy out. Although his tank was ditched, he was able to inflict severe casualties on the enemy, who were running away. The remainder of the enemy surrendered to the infantry who were able to capture and consolidate the position. He and his crew assisted the infantry in consolidating the position by manning the shell hole with the guns from his tank for the rest of the day.

Bar to Military Cross

Won at the Battle of Cambrai, 20th November 1917.

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He handled his tank with most conspicuous dash on November 20th-21st. He did specially fine work on Nov 20th. When other tanks of his Company received direct hits from an anti-tank gun just west of Graincourt, he manoeuvred his so that he eventually knocked the gun out. This act enabled the infantry to complete the capture of the village, following after Lieutenant Baker’s and other tanks.