A bank clerk from Adelaide, Thomas Charles Richmond Baker joined the army on 29 July 1915. After serving on the Western Front with the 6th Field Artillery Brigade, he transferred to the Australian Flying Corps in September 1917. In June 1918, he returned to France and was assigned to 4 Squadron, flying Sopwith Camels. Baker scored six victories before his squadron was re-equipped with the Sopwith Snipe. Promoted to flight commander, he was credited with six more victories in October 1918 but was killed in action the following month. He was 21 years old.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Thomas Charles Richmond Baker, M.M. (Australian F.C.). (FRANCE)
This officer has carried out some forty low flying raids on hostile troops, aerodromes, etc., and has taken part in numerous offensive patrols; he has, in addition, destroyed eight hostile machines. In all these operations he has shown exceptional initiative and dash, never hesitating to lead his formation against overwhelming odds, nor shrinking from incurring personal danger.
(M.M. gazetted 19th February, 1917.)