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Somerset / Re: John BAKER, Sopers Farm, Walcott, Somerset
« on: Thursday 23 April 15 10:29 BST (UK)  »
Hi Geoff, what line do you come down from?

If you could provide me with an email address i can scan the service record and email it to you or a postal address and i can post it to you. Or if you wanted to get a copy it is available on the UK Archives.

Kind regards
Heather Croft (nee Baker)

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Somerset / Re: John BAKER, Sopers Farm, Walcott, Somerset
« on: Thursday 17 July 14 04:55 BST (UK)  »
Hi Karen, I am back on now. Just with regards to John Baker, I have a copy of his army records which state that he went back to England, so not sure where you obtained the information about his death - he could have returned to India I suppose but I cannot seem to find any reference to this. Would love to hear more from you. Kind regars

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Somerset / Re: John BAKER, Sopers Farm, Walcott, Somerset
« on: Friday 29 June 07 09:20 BST (UK)  »
Sorry, just realised.  The 19th century is the one.  1829 and 1844.  Blasted fingers just don't like numbers!

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Somerset / Re: John BAKER, Sopers Farm, Walcott, Somerset
« on: Friday 29 June 07 09:19 BST (UK)  »
Both dates are correct.  He married for the second time (in 1829) in Madras, India then he left India and returned to England and left the Army.

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Somerset / Re: John BAKER, Sopers Farm, Walcott, Somerset
« on: Thursday 28 June 07 22:52 BST (UK)  »
That's the problem.  I have no such information apart from his time in India with the 46th Regiment.  He married in Madras in 1829 to an Anne Selman both were widowed at the time apparently (as per the parish record).  They had a son James who came to Australia in 1854 who I descend from.  I can find nothing in Anne Selman after that but John returned to England and left the Army in 1944 and nothing more is known about him from that.  So, as you can see, it is an uphill battle.

If I could find out who Anne was previously married to (as it appears Selman was her maiden name) I could narrow down the search for her but as for John, pretty difficult.

Thanks for your reply anyway.  Kind regards

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Somerset / John BAKER, Sopers Farm, Walcott, Somerset
« on: Thursday 28 June 07 13:05 BST (UK)  »
Hi, I am searching for my brick wall.  John Baker stated on his enlistment in the Army that he was born at Sopers Farm, Walcott, Somerset.  The age he gave would have meant that he was born around 1808 however, of course, we all know he could have given an incorrect age.  Unfortunatley in those days no mention in the service record of parents and with a name like Baker, well you can see why I have a brick wall.  Any connection with anyone?

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Somerset / Re: OATLEY surname
« on: Thursday 28 June 07 13:01 BST (UK)  »
Hi, not able to assist as in being a family member or anything.  But thought you might be interested to know that we have a suburb in Sydney, Australia called Oatley (I was born there) and I remember that it was named after someone.  If you like I will try and find out any research on the name there and let you know.  My email address is
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if you are interested. 

Kind regards, Heather

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