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Howard Charles Baker

Group, Prisoners of War, Stalag VIIB, Howard Charles Baker (1202) 3rd row from front, 2nd from left. (photo provided by family) - This image may be subject to copyright

Group, Prisoners of War, Stalag VIIB, Howard Charles Baker (1202) 3rd row from front, 2nd from left. …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Howard Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Baker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill AWMM
  • Service number
    12020 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 January 1919 AWMM Tokomaru BayEast Cape AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 16 May 1940 AWMM Maharahara Station, Tauwhareparae Road, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Minnie Esma Neshausen (sister), Huanui Station, Tolaga Bay, new Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 August 1940 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    12020 AWMM
  • Military service
    Wellington East Coast Mounted Rifles (2 weeks) AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 16 May 1940 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Stationhand/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Poland AWMM
      Crete, Greece AWMM
      2 June 1941 AWMM
      Captured by the Germans AWMM
    • WW2 POW - Stalag VIII-B (later 344), Lamsdorf, Poland WW2 POW Medically Unfit (R25405151)
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 3 November 1943 AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    23006 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      dark AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 8 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Married Whareherehere (Dickie) Nihoniho in 1955.

      Educated at St Stephen's, Bombay, Auckland for 2 years.

      He was working on his Uncle's property at Maharahara Station at enlistment.

      He was repatriated to New Zealand from Stalag VIII B through Barcelona, Spain and shipped on the Cuba to Maadi Camp, Egypt, arriving in New Zealand on 2 February 1944.

      Served 4 years 162 days

      Three brothers served in WW2: Hubert George Baker (George) (25811), 28 Battalion; Howard Charles Baker (Bill) (12020) with the 6th Field Ambulance and Haare Baker (418225) with the Provost Company.

      Both Bill and George were on Crete, George was evacuated and Bill was captured. AWMM
    • Had 4 children Francis Anne Baker Janet Baker Susan Baker and Howard Baker jr. Public - Hauiti - Direct descendant - 26 April 2016 - Family tree
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About death

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  • Death
    28 December 2000 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Tolaga Bay Cemetery, Ferneaux Street, Tolaga Bay, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM Servicemen's Section Block TOLRS, Plot 78 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: Gisborne herald, 29 December 2000 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name

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  • To acknowledge the contribution of my uncle and to remind me and others of his dedication to peace and his thoughtful and intelligent presence.
    Public - Kevin - Child - 23 April 2017



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  • External links
  • References
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 3: WW2 24 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: Gisborne herald, 29 December 2000 AWMM
    • Prisoners of War 2nd New Zealand Expeditionary Force - Repatriated Medically Unfit Protected Personnel [WW2 POW Medically Unfit], 1943 [1946], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAAA 7393/1/v (R25405151) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
08 December 2022Lorrain e MonaGisborneResearcher
23 April 2017KevinWhanganui,NZChild
26 April 2016HauitiSydney Australia Direct descendant

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