Iraq Medical Ward Named After Fallen Kiwi Soldier

LCPL Jacinda Baker
LCPL Jacinda Baker

15 September 2015

A medical ward in Taji Military Camp has been named in honour of fallen New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) medic Lance Corporal (LCPL) Jacinda Baker, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

The Jacinda Baker Ward is part of the medical centre in Taji Military Camp where LCPL Baker’s friends and colleagues are deployed as part of the New Zealand-Australia Building Partner Capacity mission.

The NZDF contingent is working alongside the Australian Defence Force to train the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). The training focuses on techniques for the ISF to use in the fight against Daesh.

The Commander Joint Forces New Zealand, Major General Tim Gall, said the ward is a fitting tribute to LCPL Baker and the sacrifice she made in the service of our country.

LCPL Baker, a 26-year-old medic from Christchurch, died alongside Corporal Luke Tamatea and Private Richard Harris when their vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Bamiyan province in Afghanistan on 19 August 2012.


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This page was last reviewed on 16 September 2015.