Albert Baker was born December 26, 1893 at Liscomb to Hannah Nauffts (1866-1950) and Albert Baker of Liscomb, NS (c.1860-1934). He was raised with twelve siblings: Deliah F, Emmerson, Violet, Wilfred, Tenna ‘Florence’, Tracey, James D., Florence, Henry E., Orphie, Bruce and Rita.
Found in the 1901 Canada Census, Albert is seven years old and living with his parents, Hannah (34) and Albert Baker Sr. (41), a fisherman. His youngest sibling in the household was James, age 1. The ethnic origin of the family was German. Their religion was Church of England.
Albert’s brother, Emmerson, died May 26, 1909 at the age of 19. He had been a sailor. It appears he died of Tuberculosis.
Found in the 1911 Canada Census, Albert was 17 years old and living at home in Liscomb. At this time, the family recorded themselves as Dutch, their religion Anglican. The two oldest boys, Albert and Wilfred, were fishermen like their father. Their sister, Violet, was a domestic at a private family dwelling.
Seven years later, at the age of 24, Albert was drafted into the Canadian Expeditionary Force and assigned the regimental number 3180403. At the time he was single and living at Liscomb. He signed the attestation papers on October 29, 1917 at Sherbrooke, Guysborough County, NS. Albert had no previous military experience. He recorded his father as his next-of-kin.
Albert was assigned to 6 M.D. 1st Depot Battalion Nova Scotia Regiment. At the time he stood 5 feet, 6 1/2 inches. His complexion was fair. He had blue eyes and black hair. It was recorded that he had “scars of boils on both wrists”. He reported for duty at Halifax on February 18, 1918.
It is not known if Albert served overseas. The Great War ended nine months later. Although four other men with the last name Baker served in the war, Albert’s brothers were not amongst them.
After the war, Albert returned to Liscomb where he lived with his parents, seven of his siblings and a niece. In the 1921 Canada Census, he was recorded as single, age 27, and employed as a mariner.
In 1933, Albert was the informant for his sister’s death certificate. Florence Baker, age 35, died October 24, 1933 at Liscomb. The cause of death was pulmonary tuberculosis, which she had suffered with for four years. At the time Albert lived at Little Liscomb.
Albert’s father, Albert Sr., passed away on November 5, 1934. He was 73 years old. He had been the son of Harriett (nee Jack of Gegogin) and William Baker (of Liscomb).
When Albert’s mother, Hannah, became seriously ill, his brother Wilfred and his wife, moved in with him for a short time. Their mother passed away on September 8, 1950. She was 84 years old. She had been the daughter of Sarah (nee Walters of Nova Scotia) and Christopher Nauffts (of Nova Scotia). Born in Spanish Ship Bay, she spent the last 65 years of her life in Liscomb. Albert provided the information on her death certificate, and he was recorded as living in Little Liscomb.
On November 22, 1974, at the age of 80, Albert passed away. He was buried in St. Luke’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Liscomb, where his parents, sister Florence and several other family members were laid to rest. His service in the Great War is remembered on a plaque hanging in the church.
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