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Robert James Unsworth

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  • Service number
    31360 AWMM
  • Also known as
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Last rank
    Lieutenant/Military AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Infantry 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 James AWMM
  • Surname
    Unsworth AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    31360 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    15 April 1930 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Regular soldier/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A.C. Unsworth (father), Main Road, Trentham, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    31360 AWMM
  • Military service
    Regular Force, attached to the 3rd Royal Australian Regiment AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military 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
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Lieutenant/Military AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served with Regular Force 1948-53

    Served with Kayforce 1952-53

    Joined 3 Royal Australian Regiment on Christmas Day 1952

    "While leading his first fighting patrol on 12 January, he made the mistake of returning from a brief reconnaissance away from his men by an unexpected route. The waiting patrol, hearing approaching noises in the darkness and fearing that they were about to be set on by Chinese, opened fire, mortally wounding Unsworth and killing the private with him." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 274)

    Lieutenant Unsworth's sister, Mrs Lynette Bell Graham of Taradale received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003 AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    22 AWMM
  • Date of death
    12 January 1953 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, 15 January 1953, 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
      pp. 274, 371, 412. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      15 January 1953, p. 8. AWMM