Nicholson James Baker 2/Lt 90798
Name Nicholson James Baker
Army number 90798
Decorations Territorial Efficiency Decoration and 1st clasp 11/1/1986.
Date of birth November 1920.
Unit Joined The Durham Light Infantry - Commissioned as a 2/Lt in the 8th Battalion 1/7/1939. Embodied 24/8/1939. Posted to the 11th Battalion DLI 1/9/39. ASPT Course May 1940 (Confirmed by Weekly Return of Officers as at 5/5/1940). Served Iceland. Posted to 1st Reinforcements as 2nd Carrier Officer. Posted 70th Brigade HQ 21/8/1942 as Liaison Officer. Posted back to 11th Battalion DLI 16/2/1943 as Carrier Officer. Served Normandy. Wounded in action 16/7/1944. Relinquished Commission on grounds of disability 15/10/1945 and granted the rank of Honorary Captain.
Company/Battery B, C, HQ, E, Support Company.
Platoon or other sub-unit 4th (Carrier) Platoon within Support Company.
Task or role Duty Officer, Platoon Commander 15/2/1943.
Joined Brigade 01-Sep-39.
Promotions W/S Lt 1/1/1941, T/Captain 30/7/1943.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action Surviving Veteran - resident in Farnham, Surrey.
Home address Educated St Bees School. Also had a role as Battalion Sports Officer. Battalion records show his number as 80798.
Source table 11DLI
Captain Nicholson was made Treasurer of the 8th/11th Battalions Old Comrades Association in April 1960.
To listen to an interview with Captain Nicholson, conducted by Harry Moses, for the Imperial War Museum's Sound Collection, please click here