Thomas Durand Baker

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Sir Thomas Baker
Born 23 March 1837
Died 9 February 1893 (aged 55)
Pau, France
Buried at Bishop's Tawton, United Kingdom
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1854–1893
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars Crimean War
Third Anglo-Ashanti War
Second Anglo-Afghan War
Awards Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Durand Baker KCB (23 March 1837 – 9 February 1893) was a British army officer, and Quartermaster-General to the Forces.

Military career[edit]

Educated at Cheltenham College, Baker was commissioned into the 18th (Royal Irish) Regiment in 1854.[1] He served in the Crimean War and was present at the Siege of Sevastapol.[1] He was involved in suppressing the Indian Mutiny in 1857.[1]

In 1863 he was deployed to New Zealand where he served as Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General and then Assistant Adjutant-General.[1] He was involved in the capture of Orakau in 1864.[2]

Then in 1873 he was despatched, during the Third Anglo-Ashanti War, to West Africa where he served as Assistant Adjutant, then Quartermaster-General and then finally as Chief of Staff.[1]

He was deployed to Afghanistan in 1879 where he became a Brigade Commander and took part in the Battle of Kandahar in 1880.[1] In 1882 he went to Ireland as Deputy Quartermaster-General and then as Deputy Adjutant-General.[1] He became Adjutant-General, India in 1884 and General Officer Commanding a Division of the Bengal Army in 1886.[1]

His final appointment was as Quartermaster-General to the Forces in 1890; he died while still in office in 1893.[1]


Military offices
Preceded by
George Greaves
Adjutant-General, India
Succeeded by
William Elles
Preceded by
Sir Redvers Buller
Quartermaster-General to the Forces
Succeeded by
Sir Robert Biddulph