|Rushden Echo, June 29 1917, transcribed by Clive Wood
One Brother killed and one wounded by the same shell
It is officially reported that Pte Clarence Baker, son of Mr Baker, of 22, Glassbrook-road, Rushden, has been killed in action. He joined up not very long ago, and went to France about two months ago. He went into the trenches on Thursday 21st with a machine gun crew. A shell exploded among them killing him and wounding the others including the deceased soldiers brother, Pte 'Click' Baker.
|The Wellingborough News Friday 13 July 1917,transcribed by Nicky Bates
News of Kettering and Rushden Soldiers
Pte T A Smith, of the Suffolk Regiment, formerly on the staff of this paper at Kettering, writes under date June 30th, from the 2nd Canadian Hospital, Le Treport, France: "Just a few lines to let you know that I am going on well after a fortnight in the above hospital with trench fever. I have just received a letter from Pte F B Houghton, of King-street, Kettering, of the Suffolk Regiment, a chum of mine, under date June 27th. He states that the Suffolks, in which regiment there are many local lads, were in the front line trenches, and a few were unfortunately knocked out. There was one particularly sad coincidence when a shell burst in a dugout, killing Pte Clarence Baker of Rushden, and also wounded his brother, who were both in the same dugout. Pte Checksfield, of Rushden, and Pte John Henson of Peterborough, have also been wounded. Pte Carlisle, of Wisbech, has had an unfortunate accident. Whilst cleaning his rifle in the trenches he badly wounded his leg. There was a bullet in the barrel of the rifle, which he was not aware of, and it accidentally went off. All belong to the Suffolk Regiment, and enlisted in January of the present year."