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William Norman Whitehead

Photograph of Troopers (from left) Adrian Raymond Thomas (from Ruawai) and William Norman Whitehead (from Hikurangi), members of the New Zealand Army Special Air Service. Photograph taken by an unidentified New Zealand Army photographer about 1955, during the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960). Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington,    SAS-087/SAS-088-F

Photograph of Troopers (from left) Adrian Raymond Thomas (from Ruawai) and William Norman Whitehead …

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    William Norman AWMM
  • Surname
    Whitehead AWMM
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  • Also known as
    Norm AWMM
  • Service number
    300174 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Death
    4 April 2021 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
    ThamesCoromandel District AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Troop 2, NZ SAS Squadron (Originals) 1955-1957. Passed peacefully In New Plymouth on Sunday 4th April 2021, aged 89 years. Dearly loved husband of the late Lillian. Much loved father and father-in-law of Royce (dec) and Linda, Addie and Phil, and Kelvin and Valeria. Loved Poppa of Anthony, Kelly, Trulie, Inez, and Jana. All messages may be sent to 'The Whitehead Family'. Published in Taranaki Daily News on Apr. 7, 2021 AWMM
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    Special Air Service (SAS) Squadron - Malaya - Nominal roll (persons returns from overseas) [1957], Archives New Zealand, CAJN 41/3/6 [R21234079] AWMM

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