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Full Name: Matenga Baker
Rank Last Held: Temporary Sergeant
Forename(s): Matenga
Surname: Baker
Also Known As: Sonny
War: World War II, 1939-1945
Serial No.: 817685
Gender: Male
First Known Rank: Private
Occupation before Enlistment: Labourer
Next of Kin: Miss P. Baker (sister), Muriwai, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status: Single
Enlistment Address: Muriwai, Auckland, New Zealand
Military District: Gisborne
Body on Embarkation: Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force (2NZEF), 12th Reinforcements
Embarkation Unit: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Nominal Roll Number: WW2 14
Page on Nominal Roll: WW2 6
Last Unit Served: 28 (Maori) Battalion
Place of Death: Italy
Date of Death: 3 April 1945
Age at Death: 23
Year of Death: 1945
Cause of Death: Died on active service
Cemetery Name: Faenza War Cemetery, Italy
Grave Reference: VIII. C. 21.
Memorial Name: Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories
Biographical Notes: Son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Baker, of Muriwai
Further References:
Sources Used:
  • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force Nominal Roll No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944)
  • Soutar, M. (2008). Nga tama toa = The price of citizenship : C Company 28 (Maori) Battalion 1939-1945. Albany, N.Z.: David Bateman.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL:
  • Auckland Museum. Roll of Honour, Auckland Province, 1939 - 1945. Auckland War Memorial Museum Library. MS 93/139.
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