BAXTER, Stewart David
(Service number 50333)
|First Rank||Trooper||Last Rank||Corporal|
|Date||22 March 1897||Place of Birth||Upper Waitohi, Temuka|
|Address at Enlistment||Waitohi, Temuka|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin||Wilson John BAXTER (brother), Ruapuna, Ashburton|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||New Zealand Expeditionary Force|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship||30th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade|
|Date||13 November 1917|
|Embarked From||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Machine Gun Squadron (WWI)|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
Contractor; transport operator
|Date||19 June 1985||Age||88 years|
|Place of Death||Ashburton|
|Memorial or Cemetery||Ashburton Cemetery|
|Memorial Reference||Plot 177|
|New Zealand Memorials|
Stewart David Baxter was born on 22 March 1897 at Waitohi, Canterbury, the third son of Robert and Alice Maria (née Hunter) Baxter. He was educated at Lower Waitohi and Upper Waitohi schools, and briefly at Kakahu School. His mother died in January 1913 after a lengthy illness and not having fully recovered from a serious accident some years before. Mr Robert Baxter died in February 1917. Trooper S. D. Baxter embarked on 13 November 1917 for Suez, Egypt.
He married Pearl Jane Wilson in 1921. Stewart died on 19 June 1985 at Ashburton, aged 88 years, and was buried at Ashburton with Pearl who had predeceased hom by many years. His brother, Robert Hunter Baxter, also served, and John Wilson Baxter enlisied. A Roll of Honour of ex-pupils of Upper Waitohi School contains the names of twenty men who served in World War I and three who served in the South African War. Of the twenty, six lost their lives. S. D. Baxter and R. H. Baxter are two of the names inscribed thereon.
Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [30 January 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [30 January 2021]; School Admission records (South Canterbury Branch NZSG) [30 January 2021]; Ashburton Cemetery headstone image & burial record (Ashburton District Council) [30 January 2021]; Timaru Herald, 13 July 1935 (Papers Past) [30 January 2021]
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