William Reginald Awatere Born 13 December 1944 - Died 12 April 1968 PDF Print Share Key details Contribute › Service numberVietnam 699033 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Last rank WarVietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMMRegular Military Service AWMM Lay a poppy Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories. … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesWilliam Reginald AWMM SurnameAwatere AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service numberVietnam 699033 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Report › Report › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth13 December 1944 AWMM Place of birthGisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand AWMM Birth notesGisborne, New Zealand AWMM Occupation before enlistment Post war occupation Address before enlistment Next of kin on embarkation Relationship statusSingle/Vietnam AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarVietnam War, 1961-1975 AWMMRegular Military Service AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service numberVietnam 699033 AWMM Military service Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsVietnam Private Ministry for Culture and Heritage; Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (1RNZIR), 1st Battalion, Whiskey 1 Company Ministry for Culture and Heritage; Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesDied of wounds, Cause of Death AWMMDied of wounds, shrapnel injuries from mine explosion AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rank Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Listed in Roll of Honour of The ANZAC Battalion as killed in actionBuried at Ruatoria.Memorial Flag - Presented to his sister-in-law. AWMM699033 Private William Reginald Awatere, 2nd ANZAC Battalion (Whiskey 1 Company, 1st Battalion,Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment) At 1430hrs a 1 Platoon patrol detonated a jumping jack mine while walking down a tank track made the previous day. The explosion killed Private Bill Awatere and an Australian soldier; it badly wounded another W Company soldier and four others. For men already unsettled by the danger posed by mines, this tragedy proved most upsetting. Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 January 2016 - John Winterbotham - http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=48166878William Reginald AWATERE13 December 1944 - 12 April 1968Killed in ActionBuried in Ruatoria,Ko Hikurangi te maungaKo Waiapu te awaKo Hinetapora te hapuKo Maungahanea te maraeKo Ngatiporou te iwiWilliam Reginald AWATERE was born at Waipiro Bay, and was the 16th child born to Keita and Pehikuru Awatere. William was educated at Manutahi Primary School and Ngata Memorial College Ruatoria. William excelled in sport at Ngata Memorial College, but rugby was where he really shone, this earned him a place in the first fifteen for a number of years. Most of William’s weekends were spent at Whakarua park to cheer the local rugby teams along. William was also a member of the Hikurangi junior choir and kapa haka group and he really gave it his all, competing at many Hui Topu, hosted by different rohe throughout the Motu. After leaving school William went to Wellington to begin his carpentry apprenticeship at Trentham. He completed this in three years and worked around Wellington before joining the Army. William was hungry for new challenges and he wanted to serve in the Army like his great Uncle Colonel Arapeta Awatere. William did his training at Trentham Military Camp and deployed to Malaysia for further training and then deployed to Vietnam in the sixties. William kept in touch with mum and many other whanau members by letters when he got time to write home. Life as he once wrote wasn't a bed of roses it was scary and dangerous.William was tragically taken from us 12/04/1968.William was a caring, good and fun loving brother to all his brothers and sisters young and old. We each hold many happy memories of William.Takoto mai e te Teina, te Tuakana I roto I to moegna roa.Moe mai, moe mai I roto I nga ringaringa o to tatou Ariki a Ihu KaraitiNa te whanau o William Awatere.(Rev. Harriet Cutbush) Public - Lorraine M - Researcher - 4 January 2016 - http://www.wcoy.net/awatere.html Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death23 AWMM Date of death12 April 1968 AWMM Cause of deathDied of wounds AWMM Place of deathPhuoc Tuy Province, Vietnam AWMM Death notesSouth Vietnam AWMM Cemetery nameRuatoria Cemetery, Tuparoa Road, Ruatoria AWMM Grave reference Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Vietnam. AWMM Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember William Reginald Awatere by laying a poppy. Arapeta Marukitepua Pitapitanuiarangi Awatere Tamati Awatere William Reginald Awatere Charles Peter Awcock Sydney George Awcock Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of William Reginald Awatere Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand History online. New Zealand and the Vietnam War.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/vietnam-warFurther ReferenceMemories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War.http://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/Further ReferenceMemories of New Zealand and the Vietnam War. Veterans Rollhttp://www.vietnamwar.govt.nz/veteran/pte-wr-awatereFurther ReferenceAustralia's Vietnam Warhttps://vietnam.unsw.adfa.edu.au/Further Reference DocumentsNewman, K. (Ed.). 1995. The ANZAC Battalion. Swanbourne, W.A.: John Burridge Military Antiques. AWMMSubritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. 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