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Richard Thomas Hale

Portrait of Richard Thomas Hale, W11819 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Stewart Nimmo 1155-4023. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.

Portrait of Richard Thomas Hale, W11819 (2014). © NZIPP Photograph by Stewart Nimmo 1155-4023. CC-BY …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard Thomas AWMM
  • Surname
    Hale AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Subby Hale AWMM
    • Subbie AWMM
  • Service number
    • W11819 AWMM
    • Korea 11819 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 December 1921 AWMM
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  • Address before enlistment
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  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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Prisoner of war

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  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Member of the Westport RSA.

    Served with rank of CMDR in Operation Grapple on HMNZS Pukaki from 28.5.1956 to 23.9.1957.

    Service Christmas Island. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2 July 2015 AWMM
    Age 94 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    HALE, Richard Thomas (RT Hale). OBE (W11819, Commodore, RNR, RNZN, 1939-1974) On July 2, 2015, at Buller Hospital, Westport. In his 94th Year. Dearly loved partner of Wendy Risk, dearly loved Daddy of Liss and Doug Lloyd (Tauranga), Sarah and Pete (Auckland), and Basil and the late Diana Ruth Brooker (Havelock North), dearly loved Poppa of Nick, Tim and Gab, Hannah and Steven; Sophie and Andy, Pablo and Alice; loved Grandpa of Liz, Richard and Justine, Sally and G? urb? uz, loved Grandpop of Skylar, Obi; Jeremy, Thea; Caiden, Cohen, Grayson, Harlow; and Mavi, and Alara, and a loved brother and brother in law of Louise and Derek Williams, Peter and Eri, and the late Ruth Willott, and David Hale. Thank you to all the staff of Buller Hospital for the wonderful care you have given to Richard. Messages to PO Box 483, Westport 7866. The Funeral Service for Richard will be held at the Westport RSA Rooms, Palmerston Street, Westport, on Friday, July 10, at Midday. Hagedorns Buller Funeral Services FDANZ
    Published in The New Zealand Herald on July 4, 2015 AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, N1/427 (R21465798) AWMM
    • This record was partially compiled from information provided by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Veteran Portrait Project. AWMM
    • This record was created from Operation Grapple research by Arthur Venus and Gerry Wright and kindly provided by Gerry Wright (2021). AWMM
    • Wright, G. C. (2007). We were there : Operation Grapple : the story of New Zealand's involvement in the British nuclear weapons tests at Christmas Island 1957-58. [Auckland, N.Z : Gerry Wright] AWMM
    • General Administration, Organisation and Management - Operations - Operation Grapple - Personnel, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ABFK 7607 W5056/70 (R15982847) AWMM
    • Record Book of Naval Personnel - c.1920-1945 - Lists Navy number, alphabetical list of names of ratings trained in England, numerical lists of officers. Archives New Zealand, R21346617, AAYT 8495 N12 AWMM

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