Baldock, William Frederick


He was born on 1st August 1900 at Wellington in Somerset and came to Winchester from Twyford School in Short Half 1914.  His father, Lieutenant Colonel William Stanford Baldock was in Commoners in 1861, and his two younger brothers, Frank Elworthy Baldock (G 1915-1920) and Thomas Arthur (G 1917-1922) followed him to Culver Lea (Sergeant’s).   His mother was Mrs Mary Baldock, nee Elworthy.   He was placed in Junior Part I but left as a Commoner Prefect in Sixth Book.  He played all games well, was in Lords 1918-1919, played for Commoners in XIs and was in his House’s winning team for Chawker Pot.  He went to Oriel College, Oxford in 1919, obtaining a Diploma in Forestry in 1921 and taking his degree the following year.  He played cricket for Somerset in 1920.

He was appointed by the Colonial Office to a post in the Forestry Service and went out to Tanganyika in 1922.  He stayed there until 1939 when he was transferred to Malaya as a conservator of forests.  He played for Somerset once more while on leave in England in 1936.

On the outbreak of war in the Far East he joined the Malaya Volunteer Defence Force and when the Japanese attacked, from 16th December 1941 he acted as Intellegence Officer to 29 Brigade.   He was captured by the Japanese in the Jabor Valley, Trenganu and shot on 30th December 1941.    Aged 41 when he died, he left a widow, Joan Clinton Baldock, daughter of John Daniell of Holway Farm House, Taunton, and a son whom he had never seen, born on 21st April 1940.  This son, John Webbstone Baldock, also attended Winchester (E 1953-1958).

He is commemorated on Column 391 of the Singapore Memorial.

His Obituary appeared in the 1946 edition of  Wisden:  “BALDOCK, MR. WILLIAM FREDERICK, missing in Malaya in 1942 and subsequently presumed killed, played cricket for Winchester in 1918 and 1919, being contemporary with D. R. Jardine and C. T. Ashton. Going up to Oriel College, Oxford, he was tried in the Freshmen’s match of 1920, but never in a University side. After making a few appearances for Somerset he went to Tanganyika in the Forestry Department. He married the daughter of Mr. John Daniell, the former Somerset captain, Cambridge double blue and Rugby football international.”

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Baldock
  • Forenames or initials: William Frederick
  • House: G
  • Years in School: 1914-1919
  • Rank: Intelligence Officer
  • Regiment: 2nd Batt. Federated Malay States Volunteer Force
  • Date of Birth: 1st August 1900
  • Date of Death: 30th December 1941
  • How Died: Died as a Prisoner of War
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner D2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Unknown but commemorated on Column 391 of the Singapore Memorial