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Lawrence Heaton Baxter

Hamilton Memorial Park.  Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216. Image provided by John Halpin 2015, CC BY John Halpin 2015.

Hamilton Memorial Park. Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216. Image provided by John Halpin 2015, CC …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lawrence Heaton AWMM
  • Surname
    Baxter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ41300 AWMM
    • WWII 41300 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 December 1918 Noel Smith Research Project
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr W.L. Baxter, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    • NZ41300 AWMM
    • WWII 41300 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed on air operations AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Lawrence Baxter was the son of William Lawrence Baxter and Lois Heaton Baxter, of Frankton Junction, New Zealand.

      At the time of his death he was in Bomber Command. AWMM
    • T/o 15:12hrs on 17Apr42 from RAF Waddington for mission to Augsburg. Shot down by fighters, it is thought by Major Oesau of 11./JG2 Richthofen.

      Pilot:Sgt 938642 George Thomas Rhodes 29 RAFVR killed.
      Pilot:Sgt 41300 Lawrence Heaton Baxter 23 RNZAF killed.
      Nav:Sgt 921754 Brian Ignatius Joseph Daly RAFVR killed.
      Wop/AG:Sgt 633309 Cyril Leonard Merricks 22 RAF killed.
      Wop/AG:Sgt 1157843 John Alfred Wynton RAFVR killed.
      AG:Flt/Sgt 533590 George Alfred Edwards 27 RAF killed.
      AG:Flt/Sgt 807146 Henry Verdun Gill 26 RAFVR killed. Public - Mark - Self - 17 April 2017 - Extract from
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About death

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  • Death
    17 April 1943 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
    FranceEurope AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Evreux Communal Cemetery, Eure, France AWMM Row C. Coll. grave 2-8. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Hamilton Memorial Park, Memorial Drive, Hamilton East, 3216 AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • Remembering you today 74 years on, and all your crew mates, from a fellow RAF Waddington member. Your sacrifice is honoured. RIP.
    Public - Mark - Self - 17 April 2017



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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission record
    Sources Used
  • References
    • Chorley, W. (1996). Royal Air Force Bomber Command losses of the Second World War: Aircraft and crew losses 1943 (Vol. 4). Leicester, England: Midland Counties Publications. AWMM
      Chorley, W.R. 'Royal Air Force Bomber Comand Losses of the Second World War' Vol. 3 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • This record was partially completed by information provided by Noel George Smith (2020-2021). AWMM


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17 April 2017MarkMalvern, Worcestershire, EnglandSelf

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