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Raymond Herbert Mortimer

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  • Service number
    208611 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    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
    Raymond Herbert AWMM
  • Surname
    Mortimer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    208611 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    14 November 1929 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Bluff, Southland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Shearer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Bluff, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs T. Mortimer (mother), Bluff, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 12 Jul 1952 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    208611 AWMM
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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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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  • "Gunner T. O'Neil [sic], of New Lynn, Auckland, who was reported killed in action on Saturday, lost his life while fetching a stretcher for a badly wounded comrade. The man he was trying to help, Gunner R.H. Mortimer, of Bluff, died of wounds yesterday.

    A third man, Gunner W. Lavery, of Napier, was wounded in the leg during the same enemy shelling. All three were serving in Korea with the 16th New Zealand Field Regiment.

    A memorial service for Gunner O'Neil [sic] was held in his troop area by the senior chaplain with K-Force, the Rev. R.H. McKenzie, says an Army Information Service report. Gunner O'Neil [sic] had been flash spotting with Commonwealth infantry for some three weeks, and was brought back to his troop only a few days ago for a well-earned rest.

    Gunner Mortimer, who was wounded by the first shell to fall in the area, was evacuated to a field ambulance unit and from there taken by helicopter to an American field hospital. He joined the regiment in July." (NZ Herald, 17 September 1952, p. 8)

    "The regiment's worst experience of shelling occured on 13th September 1952, when at least fifty enemy guns worked over the 28 Brigade area for two hours. Some of the 700 incoming shells fell on E Troop, wounding two gunners, R.H. Mortimer and William Lavery. Gunner T.M. O'Neill was killed by another shell as he went to get a stretcher, and Mortimer succumbed to his wounds next day." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 241) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    22 AWMM
  • Date of death
    14 September 1952 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
    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 17 September 1952, p. 8 AWMM

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Sources

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  • External links
    New Zealand in the Korean War. NZHistory online.
    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/korean-war
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • 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
      1996, pp. 241, 371, 408. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Obituary: 17 September 1952, p. 8 AWMM