Topic: Private Doug Baker

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Some extracts from Elaine Fisher BOP Times & Doug's records which appeared in the August 2006 (number 44) newsletter of the 6th Hauraki Association.

The world's longest-serving member of the Legion of Frontiersman, Doug Baker of Katikati has died at the age of 80. Doug Baker joined the legion at 14 and at his death had been a member for a record of 66 years' service. He held almost every rank in the legion from frontiersman to brigadier. He also carried the title of Gold Pioneer, one of only three in the New Zealand Command.

In 1986, he was appointed brigadier for life and deputy commandant general. In 2003 the New Zealand Command made Doug honorary brigadier and senior statesman. In 2005 Doug was made honorary colonel in chief of the Welsh Command.

Doug was born in Hamilton and moved to Katikati at the age of seven, and began work in the bush at the age of 13. At the age of 18, Doug was given 3 hours to live after being injured in a logging accident, however he never lost his love for the timber industry and went on to form Baker Timber in Katikati.

Doug community service wasn't limited to Frontiersmen work. At 21 Doug became chairman of the Katikati Cemetery board (a position he held for nearly 30 years). For 29 years Doug served on the Domain board, which had responsibility for other Bay of Plenty Domains. Doug donated timber for many community projects. Doug drove the first ambulance in Katikati. In 1992 Doug was awarded the Queen's Service Medial for services to the community.

Doug served in the 6 Hauraki Regiment from 1940 - 1945 as a signaller. Doug also served from 1951 - 1956 as a bandsman, were he played Solo Cornet.
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