John Sonny Baker

Surname
Baker
Forename(s)
John Sonny
Also known as
Jacky

World War 2

Serial No
64195
Rank
Lieutenant
Address on enlistment
Ruatoria, New Zealand
Next of kin on enlistment
Mrs R. Baker (wife), Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay, New Zealand
Notes
Nga Tama Toa p 380 lists him as a Major. On p337 it describes the action where he earned a Bar to his MC clearing a path through a minefield in Italy.

Comments (9)

toni mokomoko barnett..kia ora just an enquiry about my tipuna...my grandfather ted maybe a brother to this gentleman, if im right,they had 4 sisters..mei dewes,winnie mataanuku...matilda baker and maraea te kawa??can any whanau please put me straight about this??my great grandfathers name was jack baker and mere bartlett naku noa

Tena hoki koe e te whanaunga a Toni. Kei te mihi atu nei ki a koe me nga tipuna kua huatia mai e koe kia a tatou. Tena ano mo nga tipuna ko John (Jack)Lionel Baker raua ko Merepaku Bartlett nga matua o taku koroua a Te Ratu Baker me ona teina a Eruera Moeke Baker "uncle Ted" me John Lionel Baker me Percy Te Hira Baker me ou ratou nei tuahine i korero mai nei i to reta. Taku matua a John Sonny Baker te potiki o te whanau a Te Ratu Baker. I te matenga a Uncle Ted i haere ake taku matua raua ko uncle George Ngata raua ko Bill Barton te rua te kau ma waru ki Otorohanga ki te tangi o te koroua kei reira tonu e takoto ana. A few words in reply to your inquiry Toni we hail from the same genes of Jack Baker from Waipiro Bay and Akuaku on the East Coast Uncle Ted was my fathers Uncle his fathers brother Matenga Baker and his sister your nan his first cousins. We have more to talk about and this site is probably to small for that no reira Ka nui nga korero mo te wa nei e te whanaunga, tena hoki koutou nei. na Tuakana Baker

toni mokomoko barnett..kia ora for that, where do you live matua, are u in tologa bay??my grandfather ted remarried after my nanny waiapu past away and had a 2nd whanau, whom we have had the pleasure of meeting, rangi and kathy baker(they are bro and sis)kathy lives up north and married charlie petera......

My koro was Percy Te Hira Baker, my dad is Ben Baker who is the youngest brother of Nigger, Bert Baker and Lucy Williams (nee Baker) .......... would that make you my cousin???

Kia Ora, my name is Benjamin Te Ratu Baker. My dad was William John Baker and his father was Tawhai Baker and I think the fella your talking is my great father Jack Baker who is my grand dads father

In reply to by Benjamin Te Ra… (not verified)

I think im related to Jack baker because my papa his dad was jack baker my papa is ron baker

 

Kia ora Max

John Sonny Baker also known as Jack or Jacky was the son of Te Ratu (Sonny) Baker & Te Rina Riripeti DEWES.  He married Rutu Tawhiorangi (Rangi) Maurirere.  One of their sons was Ronald Tuakana Baker a twin.

 

Kia ora ano Max

I forgot to mention that Te Ratu Sonny Baker was the son of John (Jack) Lionel Baker and Merepaku Bartlett.  And . . . you may already know this - The 'real' name of John Sonny Baker (also known as Jacky or Jack) was John Lionel Baker.  There were 2 others in the same camp with the same name, his uncle and nephew.  So, according to his son Ron, to avoid confusion when names were listed or called out, he took the name Sonny which his grandfather (Te Ratu) was commonly known as.