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Robert Edward Compton

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  • Service number
    206066 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Gunner AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM
  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo (taken in April 1999). - This image may be subject to copyright
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    Compton AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    206066 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    21 April 1927 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Tractor operator AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Pironoa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr R.R. Compton (brother), Featherston, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    206066 AWMM
  • Military service
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Miilitary decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Gunner AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Artillery, 16 Field Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 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
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Death

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  • Age at death
    24 AWMM
  • Date of death
    24 November 1951 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of wounds AWMM
  • Place of death
    Korea AWMM
  • Death notes
    Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Grave reference
  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM
  • Memorial reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, 28 November 1951, p. 8. AWMM

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • K-Force nominal roll : embarked for Korea on 'Ormonde' on 10 December 1950 AWMM
    • McGibbon, 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. AWMM
    • McGibbon, 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. AWMM
      McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). Volume II: Combat Operations, pp. 230, 371, 401. AWMM
    • Hopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      NZ Herald, 28 November 1951, p. 8. AWMM