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Edward Baker

Portrait, Edward Baker - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait, Edward Baker - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Baker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Ted Baker AWMM
    • Rev Edward Baker AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 248870 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 November 1914 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
    Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM 'Benhope', Waimauku, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Mr F.W. Baker AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 10 December 1942 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham; Paekakariki AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 5.5 inches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded at Frantaia & Castelprantania at Casino, admitted 3GH Bardi on both occasions. AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • I would have enlisted at the outbreak of war, but my father could not release me as we had just taken over a large block of land at Waimauku, but I was called up in the first ballot and served with 11th LAFV until I was drafted into 8th Reinforcements. I served with 21 Battalion signal platoon.

    On return from Tunisia, I received a call to the Christian Ministry and I studied at the Trinity Methodist Theological College 1946 -48. I married the 2nd year of college to Miss Grace Parker of Kaitaia. Service at Reefton 3 1/2 years; Motueka 5 years, New Brighton 5; Eltham - Kaponga 5; Bombay-Tuakau 6; Otorohanga 6 years.

    Retired 1979 and filled in as a supply minister at Tuakau for a year.

    We had two boys - the elder was a bank officer and was killed in a motor accident; the second boy became a draughtsman with Franklin Power Board and then became a traffic officer. He is now in a ceramic business with his wife.

    I am a bit loathed to say anything about my service with the church but my wife and I had a very happy time. All churches we were at reached a peak in membership by hard work of preaching and pastoral care. I was Chaplain at Burwood Hospital, Christchurch and Raventhorpe in the Bombay-Tuakau parish.

    I am an Honorary padre of the Pukekohe and Districts RSA and a past President of the Tuakau RSA of which I am still a member of the committee. I am a trustee of the Pukekohe and Districts RSA Welfare Account. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 March 2013 AWMM
    Age 98 AWMM
    Mt EdenAuckland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tuakau Cemetery, Alexandra Redoubt Road, Tuakau, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.18 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 March 2013 AWMM
    • Cooke, P. (2001). Defending New Zealand: ramparts on the sea 1840-1950s. Wellington, N.Z.: Defence of New Zealand Study Group. AWMM
    • Veterans' club : the comradeship and memories of Auckland's 21st infantry battalion. Auckland War Memorial Museum : Auckland. Accompanies exhibition held in the Pictorial Gallery, second floor, Auckland War Memorial Museum, 24 March-21 May 2006. AWMM
    • 21 New Zealand Infantry Battalion Association Inc. Records, 1955 - 2005. Auckland War Memorial Museum. MS-2008-42. AWMM
    • 21 Battalion (Official history of New Zealand in the Second World War 1939-45) AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM

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