Joseph Baxter was the second Laxton School boy to be killed in the Great War. He was born on 1st September 1895 in Kettering, the son of Charles and Beatrice Baxter. He entered Laxton School in September 1907 and left four years later.
At the outbreak of war, he joined the Northamptonshire Regiment and held the rank of Lance Serjeant. He was killed on 26 September 1915, the second day of the Battle of Loos, in Northern France, close to the Belgian border. His body was never recovered and his name is inscribed on the Loos Memorial.
His name is also recorded with some 800 others on the Kettering War Memorial and on a stone plaque inside St Andrew's Church Kettering where he had been a member of the Kettering Church Institute.
Joseph Baxter was 20 years old at the time of his death.