In Memoriam Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker
Rangiora High School mourns the loss of Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker.
Lance Corporal Baker was a Year 13 student at Rangiora High School in 2002.
Jacinda Francis Elyse Baker joined the New Zealand Army as a medic and was posted to Burnham Regional Support Company in April 2007. She was posted to 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment in December 2007, and deployed to Solomon Islands in 2010. Lance Corporal Baker received a Chief of Army Commendation in 2011 for her professionalism and courage during Exercise Southern Warrior in June 2008. She was promoted to Lance Corporal in July 2008.
Lance Corporal Jacinda Baker, Corporal Luke Tamatea and Private Richard Harris were deployed with the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan, Afghanistan in April 2012. All three were from 2nd/1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment based in Burnham. They were killed during an Improvised Explosive Device incident in the North East of Bamyan Province, Afghanistan on Sunday 19 August 2012.