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Keith Vernor Church

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Keith Vernor AWMM
  • Surname
    Church AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    NX68646 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    23 March 1920 AWMM HamiltonWaikato AWMM
    Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 4 March 1941 AWMM Rostrevor Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Pre 11 April 1941 AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
    • Far East AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    NX68646 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
    WW2 4 March 1941 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    Storeman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
    • WW2 POW - Bicycle Camp, Batavia, Java AWMM
      Garoet, Indonesia AWMM
      08 Mar 1942 {Days 1300} AWMM
    • POW - Singapore Camp, Changi AWMM
      Java, Indonesia AWMM
    • POW - Burma Thai Railway Camps AWMM
    • POW - Singapore River Rd Camps AWMM
    • POW - Etsuka Coalmine, Nagasaki, Japan AWMM
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
    WW2 1 September 1945 AWMM Liberated by the Americans AWMM
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number
    4911 AWMM

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 8 inches AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      BeriBeri AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Dysentry AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Pallagra AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Malaria AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Dengue AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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