Tyne Cot Memorial & Cemetery, Belgium
Son of Mrs Elizabeth Baxter of Ann Street,
St Helier, Jersey.
Killed in action at Frezenberg, aged 26
Notice of Death appears
in Jersey Evening Post of Saturday 1 September 1917
Commemorated on Old Boys of St James'
Company Boys Brigade Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Record
Private Francis John Baxter
7th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles
(Jersey Overseas Contingent)
NEWS ITEM in Jersey Evening Post
of Wednesday 29 August 1917
Roll of Honour. The many local friends
of Sergeant Frank Baxter of the Jersey Company Royal
Irish Rifles will regret to hear that he has made the
great sacrifice for King and Country. This soldier was
an Old St James' Boy and one of the first volunteers
for the Jersey Company. He was formerly employed at
Messrs Orange & Co and was highly respected on all
sides. His mother, who resides at 36 Ann Street, was
informed of her loss by Lieutenant Ogier Officer Commanding
D Company Royal Irish Rifles who writes as follows "BEF
France. 23 August 1917. Dear Mrs Baxter, I very much
regret having to inform you of the death of your son,
Sergeant F Baxter, who was killed in action on 16 August.
Accept my deepest and most heartfelt sympathy on your
very great loss of a son who willingly and gallantly
gave his life for his country. Although great is your
loss you must feel proud that he died a hero's death.
Your son had been in my platoon ever since the formation
of the Jersey Company in February 1915 and for the last
12 months has been one of the Section Commanders of
the platoon. He was an excellent NCO and I shall miss
him very much as he was always so willing to do anything
that was required of him and did it cheerfully and excellently.
He was greatly respected and also loved by all in the
Company, all the officers and NCOs will miss him. His
one thought was to look after the comforts of his men
before himself. May God comfort and console you on your
irreparable loss of one who gave his life fighting gallantly
for his King and Country. The most heartfelt sympathy
of the Officers, NCOs and men of my Company is sent
to you. I remain sincerely yours C A OGIER, Lieutenant
OC D Company 7th RIR". To the mother and other
relatives we tender our sincere sympathy.