BAXTER, Stewart David
(Service number 50333)

First Rank Trooper Last Rank Corporal


Date 22 March 1897 Place of Birth Upper Waitohi, Temuka

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Waitohi, Temuka
Occupation Farmer
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Wilson John BAXTER (brother), Ruapuna, Ashburton
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 30th Reinforcements, Mounted Rifles Brigade
Date 13 November 1917
Transport Tofua
Embarked From Destination Suez, Egypt
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Machine Gun Squadron (WWI)

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

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

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

Biographical Notes

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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