Born in New Plymouth, Richard Baunton attended Central School and New Plymouth Boys' High. During World War II, he enlisted in the New Zealand Army and then the R.N.Z.A.F. and served overseas. On return to his home town, he took a teaching position at his old high school, a position he held for many years.
The papers include school reports and other school ephemera. Also a variety of World War II memorabilia.
New Plymouth Boys' High School reports for Richard Baunton. 1936 - 1939
Newspaper clipping. Primary school cricket, Baunton playing for North Taranaki 1935.
Auckland Teachers' Training College calendar 1939-40
Boy Scout's enrolment card for Dick Baunton. 1934
Clothing ration cards (2) and Armed Services clothing ration card (1)
New Zealand Railways ticket. Pukekohe to Taumarunui. 5 Mar. 1942
Letter. Authorizing Bdr Baunton to purchase chevrons. 9 June 1942
Leave of Absence pass for R. W. Baunton. New Zealand Military Forces. 1942
Leave of Absence pass for R. W. Baunton. New Zealand Military Forces. 1943
Gangway and berthing card Union Steam Ship Company of N.Z. T.E.V. Rangatira. First class. 1943
Leaflet. Instructions to personnel proceeding on embarkation leave
Telegram. Air Department to R. W. Baunton re orders to report for overseas duty. 1944
Pamphlet. Welcome to Bombay, with the compliments of the New Zealand Patriotic fund Board. Outlines recreation and entertainment in Bombay.
Railways ticket. Trentham to Wellington. Armed Forces ticket.
Pamphlet. Welcome to the ANZAC Club of New York, information on entertainment and recreation in New York.
Ticket. Sightseeing for Armed Forces and Allied Nations, Empire State Building.
Tickets (3). Weekend excursion Armed Forces Niagara Falls - return, furlough ticket for coach travel to Southport.
Booklet. Notes for Overseas Service. A Canadian handbook for servicemen bound for the European Theatre, England in particular.
Pamphlet. The responsibilities of a prisoner of war (POW). Card with instructions and guidance for all ranks in the event of capture by the Enemy. 1944
Pamphlet. Last will of Emporor Hirohito. A facetious document.
Information sheet. Timely suggestions for R.C.A.F., R.A.A.F., R.N.Z.A.F. and R.A.F. personnel.
Invitation. Graduation banquet and dance, 20 July 1944. For R.N.Z.A.F 97A and R.C.A.F. 97B fliers. List of participants.
Information pamphlet on war services gratuity grant 1939-45 war.
Invitation to Haeremai House, Melbourne. A hospitality centre for New Zealand Services.
Receipt. N.P. Boys' High School Sports Fund. from Mr Baunton, five shillings. 1937.
Envelopes (2). Addressed to Mrs Baunton 67 Leach St. and Mr W. H. Baunton 98 Leach St. New Plymouth.
Booklet. Diary entries 29 November 1945 to 9 January 1946 on the Athlone Castle.
Booklet. Southward bound ; souvenir of a memorable voyage from England to Australia and New Zealand. Dec. 1945 to Jan. 1946 on the Athlone Castle.
Menu. R.M.S. Mauretania, June 17, 1939.