BRITISH WAR AND VICTORY MEDALS ‘2.LIEUT. L. J. BAXTER.’, MEMORIAL PLAQUE ‘LEONARD JOSIAH BAXTER’
2nd Lieutenant Leonard Josiah Baxter, 4th (Territorial) Battalion, East Kent Regiment (The Buffs), initially served as a Private (no. D/11812) at Inns of Court Officer Training Corps from 9 August 1917. He joined No 14 Officer Cadet Battalion on 4 January 1918 and was Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant, The Buffs, on 26 June 1918. Sent to France, it is believed he was seconded to another as yet unknown Battalion to make up numbers, as other Officers from the 4th Battalion were. An example of this would be 2nd Lieut Pitt-Pitts, who with a number of other Officers was seconded to the 1st Battalion in October 1918 only to be killed in action a few days later. Like Baxter, Pitt-Pitts MIC gives unit as 4th Battalion having been also started as a Private at Inns of Court Officer Training Corps.
Lieutenant Baxter died of wounds at Rouen (also confirmed on grave) on 12 November 1918, the day after Armistice Day and was buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen. He was 29 years old at the time of his death.
Condition VF or better. MIC confirms this was his only medal entitlement and that he served in France only.