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William Torode Baker

Poem for the Battle of Passchedaele. Written by Wendy Baker in honour of her great-uncle, Private William Torode Baker 44692, who was killed in action at Passchendaele 4 October 1917. Image kindly provided by Wendy Baker (July 2017). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Poem for the Battle of Passchedaele. Written by Wendy Baker in honour of her great-uncle, Private Wi …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Torode AWMM
  • Surname
    Baker AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWI 44692 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 December 1896 Military Personnel File SurreyEngland Military Personnel File
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 William T. Baker (father), Ramarama, near Drury, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 5 April 1917 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    WWI 44692 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW1 Unknown AWMM Farmer/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on 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

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Biographical information

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  • Son of William T. and Alice C. Baker, of Station Rd., Otahuhu

    Remembered on the Drury-Runciman Memorial.

    Brother of Private Edward Victor Baker 65928 (WW1) and uncle of Gunner Trevor William Baker 459263 (WW2). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    4 October 1917 AWMM
    YpresBelgium AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Tyne Cot Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories AWMM
    • Drury-Runciman Memorial, near Drury Hall, New Zealand AWMM

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  • My Poem for my Uncle William and all War Veterans Valour Valour Thats what they courageously care about their fight with passion and pride...they took it all in their stride Valour Thats what they see what they saw...and feel what they felt...we will never know the trauma...but we will honour their mana Valour thats what they many Men and Women...comrades with a destiny about duty...about loyalty to their countryland a universe...we understand Valour thats what they always our loving memory they remain...forever...their strength will shine....and we will remember them with respect....on ANZAC Day...we will reflect. By ANZAC poetess Wendy Joy Baker who has presented 10 ANZAC Poems at !0 ANZAC RSA Services in NZ
    Public - Wendy Joy - Other relative - 20 May 2016
  • Remembering my great uncle Will on ANZAC DAY with my father Richard Cooke. Keeping history alive and valuing what they fought so hard for. #lestweforget
    Public - Stephanie Alison - Direct descendant - 25 April 2016

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
06 July 2022Ian BanksTaumarunui New ZealandResearcher
13 March 2019WendyNew ZealandDirect descendant
20 May 2016Wendy JoySouthlandOther relative
25 April 2016Stephanie AlisonAucklandDirect descendant

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