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Haare Victor Baker

Haare Baker portrait (provided by his son J.A. Baker) - This image may be subject to copyright

Haare Baker portrait (provided by his son J.A. Baker) - This image may be subject to copyright


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    22 January 1916 AWMM Tokomaru BayEast Cape AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 21 April 1943 AWMM Maharahara Station, Tauwhareparae, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Minnie Esma Neshausen (sister), Huanui Station, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 May 1943 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
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 21 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 24 AWMM
    Shepherd/Civilian AWMM
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  • Age on enlistment

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 7 inches AWMM
    • Complexion, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      10 stone 7 pounds AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM
    • Died of Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
      Myocardial infarction AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Barbara Jane Roach. They had three children: Patricia, James and Kevin.

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

    Educated at Waerenga A Hika Native Boys' School, Ormond.

    Working on his uncle's, Frederick G. Baker, station in Tolaga Bay before the war.

    Attested 13 July 1940; entered camp 15 January 1942. He applied for the 28 Maori Battalion but was refused as his brother Hubert George Baker (25811), was already serving with the 28th Battalion.

    He met his wife in England. Barbara served as a WREN (WRNS 11833) and she was stationed at Dover before they married. They married in the Woodnesborough Parish Church in Kent, England. His wife embarked for New Zealand aboard the Rangitiki from London 30 May 1946.

    After the war he managed the Waihirere Blocks, Gisborne then managed Frederick Baker's property Maharahara Station, Tauwhareparae.

    In 1954 he was balloted a farm, 805 acres, in the Mahaki Rehabilitation Farm Settlement.

    He refused to accept all medals because although he served in North Africa, policing the Cairo and Maadi Camps, he was 3 months too late to qualify for the Africa Star. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    8 February 1976 AWMM
    Age 60 AWMM
    GisborneGisborne AWMM
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
    Taruheru Cemetery, Nelson Road, Gisborne District, New Zealand AWMM Servicemen's Section Plot 749 AWMM
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  • My fathers period of overseas service was something he spoke little about. However the willingness of him and his brothers to commit themselves to the service of their country is something we could all continue to admire. Neither dad nor my mother (who also served as a WREN) ever spoke of any sense of adventure, in fact my mother was convinced that it was unlikely that she or her brothers would survive. Our generation have been the fortunate inheritors of the their willingness to perform their duty irrespective of the personal cost.
    Public - Kevin - Child - 23 April 2017



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  • External links
  • References
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 11 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1943 to 30th June, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 11: WW2 8 AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
08 December 2022Lorrain e MonaGisborneResearcher
23 April 2017KevinWhanganui,NZChild
02 June 2015JonathanIndonesiaOther Relative

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