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Montrose Charles Baker

M Baker, portrait, cap - This image may be subject to copyright

M Baker, portrait, cap - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Montrose Charles AWMM
  • Surname
    Baker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Mont AWMM
  • Service number
    43549 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    25 April 1903 AWMM HokiangaNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 26 November 1940 AWMM Opononi, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Ella Baker (mother), Milford, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 27 June 1941 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • North Africa AWMM
    • Italy AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    43549 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Cadets AWMM
    • Territorials AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Trentham Camp (entered 17 April 1941) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 26 November 1940 AWMM Motor Mechanic/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • 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
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Wounded 18 December 1942 AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Montrose Baker was the son of Francis James Baker and Ella Baker (nee Webster) of Opononi, Hokianga. He was the grandson of Josiah Austin Baker and Bridget (Isabella) Baker (nee Thompson) of Taheke, Hokianga and of John Webster and Emily Webster (nee Russell) of Opononi, Hokianga. His great-grandparents were John Baker and Eliza Baker (nee Austin) of Wellington, Somerset, England and James Thompson and Margaret Thompson (nee Ragan) of Ireland. Private James Thompson, Regimental Number 530, formerly with the 19th Regiment of Foot came to New Zealand with the Royal New Zealand Fencibles, Howick, Auckland. His other great-grandparents were Andrew Webster and Jane Webster (nee Croom), of Montrose, Scotland, and George Frederick Russell and Hautonga, of Hokianga.

    His sister Carena Muriel Baker served with the Women's War Service Auxiliary in WW2

    On 9 August 1941 he was promoted to Lance Corporal

    On 18 December 1942 he was wounded by a landmine explosion near Nofilia

    On 8 June 1943 he was promoted to Corporal

    Promoted 21 September 1944 to Lance Sergeant

    A Royal Message of Condolence was sent to his mother on 17 May 1945

    Medals sent to Mrs Ella Baker (mother) of Opononi, Hokianga, 14 March 1950.

    Copies of two letters written by Corporal Baker to his mother are held in the Museum Library. One, dated 17 March 1944, mentions the weather, spring time farming, bombing raids by the air force, food, sport (football) and picture shows. The other, dated 12 November 1942 is a Christmas/New Year greeting. It mentions food, weather and mud. A copy of a certificate issued by the Minister of Defence and two letters of sympathy on Montrose Baker's death are also in the collection. One informing Mrs Baker of the details of her son's death is from Lieutenant F.T. Crothers dated 23 April 1945, the other is from K. McK. Williams (a Stock and Sharebroker in Auckland) dated 2 May 1945. (MS 2005/30) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    23 April 1945 AWMM
    Age 42 AWMM
    ForliItaly AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Forli War Cemetery, Italy AWMM Plot V111, Row D, Grave 19 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    List of men killed in action and missing: Auckland Star 2 May 1945 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Hokianga Arch of Remembrance, Kohukohu, Hokianga, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      Correspondence with family AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 20 AWMM
    • Armoury Cenotaph File AWMM
      Armoury Military Biographies Vertical file has a laser copy of Scroll the family received and copy of the Military Service Record AWMM
    • Henderson, J. (1954). RMT: official history of the 4th and 6th Reserve Mechanical Transport Companies. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs. AWMM
      p.241 AWMM
    • Auckland Star AWMM
      List of men killed in action and missing: Auckland Star 2 May 1945 AWMM
    • Baker, Paul F. Papers, 1919 - 1994. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS-2005-30. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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14 December 2021Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher

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