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Peter William Bonner

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Portrait of Private Peter Bonner, 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Image kindly provided by Rosemary Matthews (August 2020).

Portrait of Private Peter Bonner, 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Image kindly p …

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter William AWMM
  • Surname
    Bonner AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Borneo 474706 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 August 1943 NZDF
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • 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
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Peter joined the NZ Army after his National Service call up. He joined RNZIR and left for Malaysia October 1965. There is no record that Peter had compassionate leave. At the army camp in Terendak he had an accident on a motor bike. He died fairly instantly of head wounds. He was then buried in the Terendak service cemetery.

    'Peter was very popular amongst his comrades, he was described as a real hard case and good fun.Peter had some hardcase tattoos on his body his mates have a laugh about still.' Public source.

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) began repatriating the remains of personnel buried in Malaysia during 2018.

    This is part of project Te Auraki (The Return), under which the NZDF is bringing home personnel and dependants buried overseas after 1 January, 1955, following a change in Government policy. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    2 February 1966 NZDF
    MalaysiaSoutheast Asia NZDF
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Anglican Cemetery, 17th Avenue and Grace Road, Tauranga AWMM Plot 19, Row 13, Section 27 AWMM
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  • Obituary
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  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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

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Sources

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  • Documents
    • Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing AWMM
      p.151 AWMM
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
      p.359 AWMM
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 18 May-1 October 1965, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.151-156 AWMM

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