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Jefford Rex Watson

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  • Service number
    206403 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
    Jefford Rex AWMM
  • Surname
    Watson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    206403 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    26 February 1928 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Pongaroa, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Pongaroa, Manawatu, New Zealand AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    Driver and Fencer AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown Pahiatua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    Korean War, 1950-1953 AWMM
  • Campaigns
  • Force
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    206403 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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  • Enlistment
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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 Disease, Cause of Death AWMM
    Died of disease, Manchurian fever 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 1951

    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 nephew Mr Jefford Watson of Palmerston North.

    An article on Manchurian fever appeared in the New Zealand Herald (19 November 1951, p. 8) claiming that only one soldier (not named) in Kayforce was affected and that he was not seriously ill. "Health concerns had been raised by the upsurge in cases of haemorrhagic (Songo or Manchurian) fever, which occured late in 1951.During November, thirty-one cases were reported among the Commonwealth troops. These included two members of 16 Field Regiment, Gunners J.R. Watson and D.C. Jackson, both of whom died of illness.Other victims spent months in hospital recovering." (McGibbon 1996, vol. 2, p. 240) AWMM
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Death

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  • Age at death
    23 AWMM
  • Date of death
    18 November 1951 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Died of Disease 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
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  • Obituary

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Sources

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    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 10 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1943 to 31st March, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      McGibbon, I.C. (1992-1996). Volume II: Combat Operations, 1996, pp. 240, 371, 413. AWMM
    • Hopkins, G. (2002). Tales from Korea : the Royal New Zealand Navy. Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM