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G. T. S. Baxter

G. T. S. Baxter

War dead  Male  Born 23/11/1901  Died 1971

Categories: War Memorial WW1

Andrew Behan has kindly provided this research: George Thomas Stanley Baxter was born on 23 November 1901 in Sheerness, Kent, the eldest son and the second of the four children of George Baxter (1868-1935) and Sarah Ann Baxter née Hurst (1872-1937). His father was a Gunner in the Royal Artillery and his brother, Frederick William Baxter (1906-1973) was born on 30 July 1906 in Gibraltar. His other brother, Francis Leonard Baxter (1908-1990) was born on 27 August 1908 and the family were back in England with the birth registered in Hampstead. The 1911 census shows him living at 32 New Buildings, Flask Walk, Hampstead, with his parents, his elder sister Lily Eleanor Scrafield Baxter (1899-1984), and both his younger brothers, Frederick William Baxter and Francis Leonard Baxter (1908-1990).

On 22 June 1917 he joined the Royal Navy and was rated as a Boy II and was based at HMS Impregnable, a shore based training establishment in Devonport, Plymouth, Devon. He was promoted there as a Boy I on ​1 December 1917 and was transferred on 6 December 1917 to HMS Aurora, a light cruiser, on which he served until 7 September 1918. On 8 September 1918 he was attached to HMS Ramillies, a super-dreadnought battleship but deserted on 18 October 1919. He was recaptured by the police and on 22 November 1919 he was sentenced to 28 days imprisonment and discharged from the Royal Navy. He was however awarded his British War Medal 1914-1918 and the Victory Medal.​

On 4 November 1920 he married Margaret Maffaking Chance (1900-1966) at the Chingford Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, The Green, London, E4 7EN. They had at least five children, Molly Georgina V. Baxter (1921-1996) born on 16 June 1921, Belle April Baxter (1923-2005) born on 1 April 1923, George Thomas Stanley Baxter (1924-2006) born on 1 September 1924, Lionel Jesse Baxter (1926-2004) born on 12 March 1926 and Douglas Oswald Baxter (1930-1994) born on 15 January 1930. The 1939 England and Wales Register shows him living with all his family at 220 Winns Avenue, Walthamstow. His wife was now recorded under the name of Mina M. M. Baxter and his occupation was given as a Dustman (Heavy Worker) House Refuse Collection. He was also attached to the A.R.P. Decontamination Section at Walthamstow Borough Council. He died, aged 69 years, and his death was registered in the 3rd quarter of 1971 in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.

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