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Matenga Baker

Sgt. S. Baker, of Muriwai, Gisborne, killed on active service. Image kindly provided by Auckland Libraries Heritage Collections AWNS-19450530-28-1.

Sgt. S. Baker, of Muriwai, Gisborne, killed on active service. Image kindly provided by Auckland Lib …

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  • Title
    Mr Public - Jody - Direct descendant - 14 April 2021 - Family Whakapapa
  • Forenames
    Matenga AWMM
  • Surname
    Baker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Sonny AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 817685 AWMM
  • Gender
    • Male AWMM
    • Male Public - Jody - Direct descendant - 14 April 2021 - Whakapapa
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion
    Ringatu Public - Jody - Direct descendant - 14 April 2021 - Whanau korero

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 August 1921 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    WW2 Unknown AWMM Muriwai, Gisborne AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW2 Miss P. Baker (sister), Muriwai, AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single/WWII AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 817685 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Home Guard - Muriwai Public - Jody - Direct descendant - 14 April 2021 - Whanau korero
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Farm Worker in Muriwai Public - Jody - Direct descendant - 14 April 2021 - Whanau korero
  • Age on enlistment

Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died from Natural Causes, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died on active service AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Baker, of Muriwai AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    3 April 1945 AWMM
    Age 23 AWMM
    ItalyEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Faenza War Cemetery, Italy AWMM VIII. C. 21. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Baker —ln loving memory of our dear brother and cousin. Sergeant Matenga (Sonny), accidentally killed at Faenza, April 3. 1945.
    To those who have a brother,
    Treasure him with care;
    You never know his value.
    Till you find he is not there.
    —Ever remembered by his sister Pani.
    BAKER - He shall not grow old as I grow old,
    Age shall not weary him,
    Nor the years condemn;
    At the going down of the sun
    And in the morning I will always remember him. —Inserted by his loving cousin Connie.
    Baker.—ln loving memory of our dear brother.
    Temp. Sergeant-Major T. Baker (Sonny),
    killed in action, Italy, April 3, 1944.
    Ever remembered.
    —lnserted by Jossie and Tuti Renata (overseas).

    Baker.— We think of you in silence,
    We often speak your name.
    What would we give to hear your voice
    And see you smile again.
    —Ever remembered by Rata, Mars, and family. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 25 February 2024 - ROLL OF HONOUR IN MEMORIAM - GISBORNE HERALD, VOLUME LXXIII, ISSUE 21987, 3 APRIL 1946, PAGE 1
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 6 AWMM
    • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman. AWMM
      Portrait published in Soutar (2008) AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
25 February 2024Lorraine Mona Gisborne Researcher
07 March 2022Ian Banks Taumarunui New ZealandResearcher
14 April 2021JodyGisborneDirect descendant

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