Pte. Samuel Pender Lakey

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Pte. Samuel Pender Lakey

Also Known As: "Sam"
Birthplace: Walford, Hertfordshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: October 15, 1933 (47)
Ruawaro, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand (murdered - beaten & incinerated)
Place of Burial: [Row 5. Block NW. Plot 46], Huntly, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Anguin Lakey and Mary Watts Lakey
Husband of Christabel Lakey
Brother of Jeanette Lakey; William Richard Lakey; Dorothy Lakey; Cyril Martin Lakey; Peter Lakey and 2 others

Occupation: farmer, carpenter
Service No: WWI 81873
Managed by: Private User
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About Pte. Samuel Pender Lakey

1928: Elsie Walker 17 year old Elsie was sent to live with her uncle Frank Bayly and five cousins at Papamoa. She disappeared on 1 October 1928 and her battered body was found in Tamaki, Auckland. Her cousin William Bayly (1906-1934) was suspected but his family covered for him. In October 1933 Bayly was suspected of murdering his neighbours; farming couple Sam and Christobel Lakey of Ruawaro, Hamilton. He was arrested, his trial lasting a month. Once found guilty he was hanged at Mount Eden prison in Auckland on 20 July 1934. He was survived by his wife and two young sons. Source: Tauranga Murders by Debbie McCauley.

October 20 2015: Samuel's remains were used for investigative training by the New Zealand Police, after 82 years he was repatriated to the Huntly Cemetery where he now lays next to his wife. Source:


  • WAR: World War I, 1914-1918
  • Residence: 1891 - Old Grimsby, Tresco, Tresco Scilly Islands, Cornwall, England
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Pte. Samuel Pender Lakey's Timeline

March 24, 1886
Walford, Hertfordshire, England (United Kingdom)
October 15, 1933
Age 47
Ruawaro, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Huntly Old Cemetery, [Row 5. Block NW. Plot 46], Huntly, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Plaque. LAKEY Sacred to the Memory of Christobel & Samuel who died tragically at Tuawaro 15 October 1933 remembered by New Zealand Police.