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Born: 1895, Grantham, Lincs
Died: 18 March 1918
Buried: Aeroplane Cemetery, West Vaanderen, Belgium
Address: 9 Claremont, Highfield Road, Idle
Parents: Alice
Siblings: Frank, Doris, Laurence
Occupation: Drawing Jobber, Listers, Manningham
Organisations/clubs: Secretary Wrose Lane Sunday School
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: Holy Trinity, Idle
Regiment: Duke of Wellington’s
Moses Baxter
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Born in Grantham in 1895, by 1901 Moses was living at 3 Claremont as a boarder with Jonas Jenkinson alongside his mother Alice, his siblings Frank and Doris and his aunt Lilian Baxter. By 1911, his mother had married quarryman Wellington Binns and the family, with another brother, Laurence, had moved to No9 Claremont. On 29 March 1918 the Shipley Times & Express carried a brief note saying that Moses had fallen in battle. This was followed up the
following week with this piece: “Pte Moses Baxter, Duke of Wellington’s Regt, son of Mrs Binns of Claremont, Highfield Road, Idle, died of wounds in both legs and the left arm in a casualty clearing station on 18th March, aged 23. “He enlisted on 3rd February 1916 and had been at the front nearly two years. “He worked at Lister’s, Manningham, and was secretary at the Wrose Lane Sunday School.
“A chaplain, writing to Mrs Binns, says: ‘It is with great regret that I write to tell you that your son, Pte M Baxter, was badly wounded on Saturday last and died of wounds the same day.’ “He adds that Pte Baxter was buried not far from where he fell and that a cross will be set up over his grave. Mrs Binns also received sympathetic letters from an officer and three of her son’s pals. “Pte Baxter’s brother, Frank, is in the Labour Battalion.”
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