BAKER, George Bartrum
(Service number 24844)

Aliases Bartrum
First Rank Sergeant Last Rank 2nd Lieutenant


Date 8 November 1895 Place of Birth New Zealand

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Box 19, Albury
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin G. T. BAKER (father), P.O. Box 19, Albury, South Canterbury
Religion Church of England
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 14th Reinforcements, New Zealand Cyclists Corps
Date 26 June 1916
Transport Tahiti or Maunganui
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Cyclists Battalion

Military Awards

Service Medals British War Medal; Victory Medal
Military Awards Military Medal; Distinguished Conduct Medal

Award Circumstances and Date

MM - 31 October 1917; DCM - London Gazette, 30 October 1918

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations



Date 27 August 1917 Age 75 years
Place of Death Timaru
Memorial or Cemetery Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference General Section, Row 40, Plot 125
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

George Bartrum Baker, known as Bartrum, was the son of George Tom and Fanny Matilda (née Bartrum) Baker. He was educated at Hororara and Albury schools before going on to the Timaru High School at the age of 13. He was awarded the Military Medal on 31 October 1917, his father, then of "The Brothers", Albury, receiving notification from the Minister of Defence. The award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 15 September was notified in the London Gazette of 30 October 1918. And in 1953 Bartrum was awarded the Coronation Medal.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [22 May 2018]; Timaru Herald, 8 January 1918 (Papers Past) [22 May 2018]; NZ BDM (Department of Internal Affairs); Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [22 May 2018]; School Admission record (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [22 may 2018]

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