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Walter Lessel Pearless

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Walter Lessel AWMM
  • Surname
    Pearless AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • Jayforce 649482 AWMM
    • Borneo 32936 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    20 November 1925 AWMM TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Jayforce Pre 1946-1948 AWMM State Forest Service P.B., Nelson AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Jayforce Mr. R.L. Pearless, 10 Balmoral Ter., Wellington S. (f) AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 1946-1948 AWMM Single/Jayforce AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Jayforce 1946-1948 2NZEF Nom. Roll 16, p.103 Forestry cadet 2NZEF Nom. Roll 16, p.103
    NelsonTasman 2NZEF Nom. Roll 16, p.103
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Audrey; father of Jacqueline, Guy and Philippa.

    A cadet with the Forest Service before enlistment

    Served as an instructor with the New Zealand Regular Force

    Regimental Staff Sergeant with the Wellington, West Coast and Taranaki Regiment

    Photo of WOI W.L. Pearless in 1st Battalion New Zealand Infantry Regiment, WOs & SGTs (Terendak Camp, Malaysia 1964). Source: The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment Journal (1983) AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    17 June 2010 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    TaurangaBay of Plenty AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: Dominion Post, 21 June 2010 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.103 AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Malayan Veterans Assn. (2004-). Selamat : Newsletter of the Malayan Veterans' Association Inc. AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM

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