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Peter Rex Berry

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  • Service number
    644568 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
    Peter Rex AWMM
  • Surname
    Berry AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    644568 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    6 November 1932 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Foxton, Manawatu, North Island, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Foxton, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Regular soldier AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Faisala Ah-Ching (friend), 208 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, 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
    644568 AWMM
  • Military service
    Regular Force AWMM
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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
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, 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 Regular Force 1951-53

    Served with Kayforce 1952-53

    "... a tragic incident occurred in E Troop when a faulty 213-fuse detonated while being screwed into a shell which was being held between the legs of a gunner. The shell exploded, killing two men, and mortally wounding another. This disaster, which took the lives of Lance-Bombardier Joseph Shortland, and Gunners E. J. Griffiths and P.R. Berry, meant that 17 February 1953 was Kayforce's worst day in terms of fatalities. Berry was a regular soldier, who had entered Korea only on 2 January after being held back in Japan until he turned twenty." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, pp. 331-32)

    Gunner Berry's brother, Mr Christopher Berry of Whiritoa Beach 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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  • Age at death
    20 AWMM
  • Date of death
    17 February 1953 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action 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, 19 February 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. 332, 371, 399. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      19 February 1953, p. 8. AWMM