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Robert James Unsworth

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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
    Korea 31360 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 April 1930 AWMM AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • 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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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Died of wounds, Cause of Death 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

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  • Death
    12 January 1953 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    KoreaAsia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    United Nations Cemetery, Pusan, Korea AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    NZ Herald, 15 January 1953, p. 8. AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM

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Sources

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