Robert Edward Compton 21 April 1927 - 24 November 1951 Key details Contribute › Service number206066 AWMM Also known as ForceArmy AWMM Rank and unit at dischargeGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Play your part Contribute what you know about their war service and life. Lay a poppy Leave a note PDF Print Share Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malay … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesRobert Edward AWMM SurnameCompton AWMM Ingoa Also known as Service number206066 AWMM GenderMale AWMM Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe Religion Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth21 April 1927 AWMM Place of birthWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Birth notesWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Occupations Contribute › Occupation before enlistmentTractor operator AWMM Post war occupation Next of kin Contribute › Address before enlistmentUnknown AWMMPironoaNew Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationMr R.R. Compton (brother)FeatherstonNew Zealand AWMM Relationship status Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarKorean War, 1950-1953 AWMM Campaigns ForceArmy AWMM Service number206066 AWMM Military units Military service Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and AwardsNew Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military training Enlistment Age on enlistment Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsPost WW2 AWMM10 December 1950 AWMMWellingtonNew Zealand AWMM Embarkation bodyPost WW2 AWMM10 December 1950 AWMMKayforce AWMM162 Battery AWMMOrmonde AWMMGunner AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesDied of woundsCause of Death AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankGunner AWMMRoyal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › Served with Kayforce 1950-51"On 24 November, a shell from 162 Battery's C Troop exploded prematurely -- the second time this had happened in 162 Battery during November. On the first occasion, on the 12th, a round had burst over RHQ [Regimental Headquarters], without causing any casualties. This time the shell was just leaving the barrel. The blast wounded three members of the gun crew, one of whom, Gunner R.E. Compton, later died." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 230)Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton presented the New Zealand Operational Service Medal (NZOSM) to next of kin of New Zealanders who were killed or died in military operations since 1945 at a ceremony at Parliament 3 September 2003.The New Zealand Operational Service Medal was received on his behalf by his brother Mr Lionel Compton of Masterton. AWMM Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death24 AWMM Date of death24 November 1951 AWMM Cause of deathDied of wounds AWMM Place of deathKorea AWMM Death notesKorea AWMM Cemetery Contribute › Cemetery nameUnited Nations CemeteryPusanKorea AWMM Grave reference Memorial Contribute › Memorial nameAuckland War Memorial MuseumHall of Memories. KoreaMalaya-Borneo. AWMM Memorial reference ObituaryNZ Herald, 28 November 1951, p. 8. AWMM Roll of Honour Remember Robert Edward Compton by laying a poppy. Maxwell William Compton Norman Birchwood Compton Robert Edward Compton Stanley George Compton Stanley Guy Compton Lay a poppy for 2015 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Robert Edward Compton Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksNew Zealand Defence Force. Roll of Honour. Personnel who have died on operational service since 3 September 1945.http://medals.nzdf.mil.nz/info/roll-of-honour/index.htmlSources UsedNew Zealand Navy in the Korean War. Navy Museum.http://www.navymuseum.mil.nz/history/time/korean/default.htmFurther ReferenceNew Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-warFurther Reference DocumentsK-Force nominal roll : embarked for Korea on 'Ormonde' on 10 December 1950 AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). New Zealand and the Korean War (Vols. 1-2). Auckland, N.Z.; Wellington, N.Z.: Oxford University Press in association with the Historical Branch, Dept. of Internal Affairs. AWMMMcGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). Volume II: Combat Operations, pp. 230, 371, 401. AWMMHopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMMThe New Zealand Herald AWMMNZ Herald, 28 November 1951, p. 8. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.