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Reginald Alfred Baker

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Portrait of Lieutenant Reginald Alfred Baker, Auckland Weekly News, 5 January 1944. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, AWNS-19440105-20-36.
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Reginald Alfred AWMM
  • Surname
    Baker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII 4568 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 May 1913 AWMM DunedinOtago AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 4 October 1939 AWMM 23 New Street, Musselburgh, Dunedin, S. 2, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Unknown AWMM 23 New Street, Musselburgh, Dunedin, S. 2, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mary Baker (mother), 23 New Street, Musselburgh, Dunedin, S.2, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mary Baker (mother), 23 New Street, Musselburgh, Dunedin, S.2, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • 1941 AWMM
      World War 2/wars AWMM
      Crete AWMM
    • Greece AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII 4568 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Otago Boys High School Cadets Feb 1927 - May 1928 (2 years) AWMM
    • 2 Battalion Otago Regimental Cadets (OTBHS Senior Cadets) 1 June 1928 - 1930 (2 years) AWMM
    • Trumpet and Bugle Band, 1 Otago 10 years (Corporal) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 foot AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Sandfly fever 1942 AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Shrapnel wound to right shin and left ankle AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Fractured elbow from a fall in Perth, Australia when returning from furlough, AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Heart failure AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Mary. Husband of Agnes (nee Neill) whom he married whilst on furlough from the Middle East in 1944; father of Bruce and Neill.

    Attested 13 September 1939. Promoted Corporal 5 December 1939. Appointed Lance Sergeant 22 March 1941; promoted to Sergeant 25 July 1941. Appointed to 2nd Lieutenant 15 August 1942.

    Awarded the MC 23 November 1943. The citation includes: during the whole period from Alamein to the end of the North African campaign Baker commanded a Signal Section attached to a Field Regiment. He was commended for anticipating the situation, being ready for an emergency, personally laying the line when the situation was difficult owing to enemy action and he never spared himself in the reconnaissance of routes so that his line detachment had the best cover available. "He personally and with no other assistance laid and picked up line in unmarked minefields thick with S mines and booby traps should be established with the utmost celerity. This Officer over a long and difficult period gave an excellent example of gallant action under fire, fine leadership in difficult circumstances and technical precision under most adverse conditions. The efficient fire control of the Regiment in the Battle of Medinine and at other equally critical times was very largely possible owing to his Signal organisation".

    Returned to New Zealand with the furlough draft March 1944.

    Re - embarked as a Lieutenant, promoted 15 August 1943, disembarked at Freemantle with fracture of left elbow, returned to New Zealand with permanent injury, disembarked New Zealand ex Maunganui 5 August 1944.

    Struck off strength April 1944.

    Served with the 2NZEF 5 October 1939 - 4 April 1945, overseas 5 January 1940 - 7 March 1944, and 29 June 1944 - 5 August 1944.

    Applied for a commission in the Territorial Service 20 June 1949

    Capt R. A. Baker, MC, EM, m.i.d.; Dunedin; born Dunedin, 31 May 1913; optician; OC F Sec Sigs Sep 1942-Apr 1943, H Sec May-Dec 1943. (Source: Borman, C.A. Divisional Signals. p.165.) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    24 February 1985 AWMM
    Age 71 AWMM
    ClydeOtago AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Dunedin crematorium, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: ? Otago Daily Times, February 1985 AWMM
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Memorials

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Military Personnel file AWMM
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
    • Sutherland, J. (1989). Gallantry awards to New Zealanders in World War Two. Christchurch, N.Z.: Regal Medals. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 1 (Embarkations to 31st March, 1940). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 1: WW2 12 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1942). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 6 (Embarkations from 1st October, 1941 to 31st December, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 14: WW2 6 AWMM
    • Borman, C. (1954). Divisional Signals. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.165. AWMM
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