Rowland Thomas BAXTER

Regimental number12/703
Date of birth27 June 1893
Place of birthLondon, England
ReligionChurch of England
AddressTe Kuiti (Maeroa)
Marital statusSingle
Height5' 7"
Weight168 lbs
Next of kinSister, H T Cooper, Te Kuiti; Miss Dora Baxter, Cape Town South Africa
Previous military serviceServed in the London Rifle Brigade, and in the 16th (Waikato) Regiment, Territorial Force; still serving at time of NZEF enlistment.
Enlistment date13 August 1914
Place of enlistmentHamilton
Rank on embarkationPrivate
Enlistment statusVolunteer
Unit nameNew Zealand Expeditionary Force, Main Body, Auckland Infantry Battalion
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Wellington on 16 October 1914
The Auckland Infantry Battalion in the Main Body left New Zealand on board two ships, HMNZT 8 ('Star of India') and HMNZT 12 ('Waimana'). It is not possible from the Nominal Roll to determine on which ship an individual embarked.
Final rank2nd Lieutenant
Final unit2nd Battalion, Auckland Infantry Regiment
FateKilled in Action 30 July 1917
Age at death from cemetery records23
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsMessines Ridge (New Zealand) Memorial, Belgium
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: the late Arthur and Emma Baxter
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Court of Enquiry concluded: 'Reported missing, believed to be Prisoner of War, 30 July 1917'.

Subsequently listed as Killed in Action.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Miscellaneous detailsNominal Roll Vol. 1: Auckland Infantry Batln/Main Body
SourcesArchives New Zealand (Wellington), Agency AABK, Series 18805, File 22273582

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