HON­OUR­ING A FAM­ILY TRA­DI­TION

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - News - SAM McBEATH

THERE is a rich tra­di­tion of ser­vice in the Baker fam­ily.

Young John, Sean and Max will hon­our their fa­ther Ma­jor Don Baker to­mor­row.

They will also re­mem­ber the ser­vice of their great­great-grand­fa­ther Neil Sep­ti­mus — who fought in some of the most fa­mous bat­tles of World War I.

Ma­jor Baker said his fam­ily his­tory in­spired him to serve his coun­try.

“Re­mem­brance Day is es­pe­cially im­por­tant to our fam­ily, as we re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice that oc­curred,” he said. “My great grand­fa­ther was one of a hand­ful of sur­vivors of the 57th Bat­tal­ion, 15 Bri­gade, 5th Divi­sion. He luck­ily sur­vived Fromelles and the bat­tles of the Somme.”

Eight-year-old Sean said that he was proud of both his fore­bears.

“Re­mem­brance Day is a day that we can be thank­ful for those sol­diers that went to war to help keep us safe and pro­tect our free­dom,” Sean said.

“I am very lucky to have a great-great-grand­fa­ther and dad that would do some­thing like this.”

Ma­jor Don Baker with sons John, 3, Sean, 8, and Max, 6. Inset: Ma­jor Baker’s great­grand­fa­ther Neil Sep­ti­mus Pic­ture: Justin Lloyd.

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