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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Joshua Caleb Baker

In memory of:

Corporal Joshua Caleb Baker

February 12, 2010

Afghanistan

Military Service


Age:

24

Force:

Army

Unit:

The Loyal Edmonton Regiment (4th Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry)

Citation(s):

General Campaign Star and Sacrifice Medal

Additional Information


Born:

June 14, 1985
Scarborough, Ontario

Enlistment:

September 24, 2003
Willowdale, Ontario

Son of Janet Baker of Ajax, Ontario. Grandson of Lillian Baker of Scarborough, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 237 of the In the Service of Canada Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

TORONTO (PINE HILLS) CEMETERY
Ontario, Canada

Grave Reference:

N/A

Digital Collection

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  • Plaque– This was the laser engraved granite plaque that we designed to mark the unfortunate passing of Cpl Baker.  

It was originally displayed at the Kandahar Cenotaph from the date of his passing - and was repatriated to Canada in 2014.  

Today, it can be seen at the Afghanistan War Memorial located at National Defence Headquarters in Kanata, On.  

Rod A. McLeod, Designer
  • Memorial– For Joshua's Birthday In 2010 I Honoured Him By Personalizing My License Plate - He Will Always Be Mom's Hero - Love, Mom
  • Photo– In Honour Of What Would Have Been Joshua's 32nd Birthday, I Was Given This Team Canada Jersey. Along With This Jersey A Friend Of Mine Contacted Bauer Canada And They Graciously Donated A Custom Pair Of Matching Hockey Gloves And Stick With Joshua's Name On Them. As His Mother I Was Very Honoured That My Friend And Bauer Canada Stepped Out Of The Box For These Unique Gifts For My Son. Love, Mom
  • Funeral– A Mother's Worst Nightmare - Watching My Only Child Coming Off A Military Aircraft In A Flag Draped Coffin In Trenton. I Love And Miss You, Joshua. Love, Mom
  • Photo of Joshua Caleb Baker– Joshua Training While Out West. He Was Always Highly Commended For His Dedication And Drive To Be The Best Soldier He Could Be. I Will Always Be So Very Proud Of My Son. Love, Mom
  • Memorial– I visited Peacekeepers Park in Angus, Ontario. Another Memorial with Joshua's name on it. Love, Mom
  • Inscription– Another Monument That Brings Great Sorrow Because My Son Should Be Alive And Not A Name On A Wall. I Love And Miss You, Joshua. Love, Mom
  • Memorial– I Went To The School That Joshua Had Attended And Asked One Of The Teachers If She Could Have A Couple Of Art Classes Draw Images Representing Joshua's Life And Likes For His Birthday. Here Is A Beautiful Rendition Of Joshua From One Of The Students. A Perfect Likeness. Love, Mom
  • Photo of JOSHUA CALEB BAKER– This Picture Is Of Me "His Mother" And Joshua On His First Birthday. This Picture Has Shown Up Multiple Times On The Internet With Me Cropped Out Of It. I Feel It Is Only Honouring To Joshua To Set The Record Straight. I Will Not Go Into Why I Have Been Removed From The Photo But Will Say That Joshua Was My Only Child And Had No Other Siblings. There Have Been Many Twisted Stories On The Internet And In Paperwork Regarding Nonexistent Relatives. Joshua Lost All His Aunts, Uncles And Grandfather Previous To His Death Leaving Only Myself "His Mother" And His Grandmother. I Feel It Is Only Right That This Photo Is Put Up In It's Original Form. The Person Or People Who Doctored This Photo Completely Disrespected Joshua And Myself His Mother. I Am Very Proud Of This Precious Photo Of My Son And I. Love, Mom
  • Group Photo– My Beautiful Mother And My Handsome Son. 
I Will Always Be Grateful For All The Help Given To Me By My Mother In Raising Joshua. She Was A Incredible Example To Both Of Us. Joshua Loved And Respected His Grandmother Very Much And Always Considered Her To Be The Greatest Grandmother In The World. She Was Kind, Caring, Compassionate And Loving Towards Joshua All The Days Of His Life, Which I Will Always Be Thankful For. Joshua Was Extremely Close To His Grandmother, Which Made It All The More Devastating When He Was Killed. It Is Important To Note That Joshua Was My Mom's Only Grandchild. Love, Janet - Mom
  • Photo of Joshua Caleb Baker
  • Photo of Joshua Caleb Baker– Watching My Mother From Heaven.
  • Mother And Son
  • Memorial– Joshua's Legacy Begins - Joshua And I Both Attended Ellesmere-Statton Public School And Because Of That, It Held A Very Special Meaning To Me As His Mother. After Meeting With The Principle And Discussing What Could Be Done To Best Honour Joshua We Decided A Brand New Basketball Court Was The Perfect Legacy To Represent The Ultimate Sacrifice He Made For His Country. On September 12th, 2013 This Basketball Court Was Dedicated In Joshua's Honour.
  • Memorial– The Full View Of Joshua's Brand New Basketball Court Done In Honour Of Him - Love, Mom
  • Photo of Joshua Caleb Baker– My Little Cub - Love, Mom
  • Love, Mom
  • Memorial– Joshua's Legacy Continues - Joshua Was Born And Raised On Canish Road, So As His Mother I Thought It Would Be A Wonderful Legacy For Him To Have The Street Named In His Honour. I Did Not Want To Change The Name Of The Street For That Is What Joshua Knew It As, But Instead I Wanted To Have His Name Added Above It. After Fighting For Just Over 2 Years To Have This Done, My Mission Was Accomplished. On September 18th, 2014 I Stood At The Intersection Of Canlish And Ellendale Facing The Very Home Joshua Grew Up In As The City Dedicated The Street In Joshua's Honour. I Personally Had The Privilege Of Speaking That Day And Addressed My Son In Heaven Telling Him "This Street Is Dedicated From Your Mother, With Love". I Know In My Heart Joshua Would Be So Proud Of What I Had Done For Him And Would Be Smiling In Heaven With Such Great Pride.
  • Memorial– Dedicated In Your Honour, Joshua - Love, Mom
  • Memorial– Every Year For The First 5 Years After Joshua Was Killed I Honoured My Son By Orchestrating A Tribute To Keep His Memory Alive. For Those That Attended I Wanted To Display As Many Aspects Of Joshua's Life In Order For Them To Understand Who Joshua Was. As His Mother I Feel I Accomplished My Goal.
  • Memorial– These Were Joshua's Dress Boots On Display At His Tribute.
  • Memorial– Joshua Was Born And Raised A Christian. His Faith In The Lord Remained Very Strong Throughout The Course Of His Life. Those In Afghanistan Always Remember Seeing Joshua Reading His Bible At Any Given Opportunity He Had. He Was Never Ashamed Of Who He Was.
  • Flag– This Flag Was Personally Made By A Company Who Graciously Donated It To Me In Joshua's Honour.
  • Photo of Joshua Caleb Baker– This Picture Was Taken Of Joshua In Afghanistan On Duty. It Was One Of His Favourites - Love, Mom
  • Medals– These Are Joshua's Medals And Beret. To My Horror, I Was Not Given Them When He Was Killed. In Joshua's Will It Stated Clearly That 100 Percent Of His Personal Belongings Come To Me, His Mother. I First Had To Fight To Have The Very Military He Served Recognize That His Medals And Beret Were Classified As Personal Belongings. Once That Was Established The Military Had No Choice But To Go And Get His Medals And Beret And Give Them To Me. Exactly One Year To The Date Of Joshua Being Killed I Finally Was Handed What Joshua Wanted Me To Have, That Being His Medals And Beret. It Was Quite The Fight I Had To Endure But One Well Worth It In The End. I Know Joshua Would Be So Proud That I Never Gave Up Fighting The Battle And Because Of That I Won The War.

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