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Alan Ross Vail

Photograph of (from left) Lieutenant Alan Ross Vail (from Gisborne) and Sergeant Mervyn Rodolph West (from Hamilton), 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).

Photograph of (from left) Lieutenant Alan Ross Vail (from Gisborne) and Sergeant Mervyn Rodolph West …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alan Ross AWMM
  • Surname
    Vail AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Rusty AWMM
  • Service number
    • N31361 AWMM
    • Malaya 31361 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Biographical information

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  • Served as an NZ SAS Troop Commander in the Malayan Emergency. Source: Rennie, Regular Soldier. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    29 December 2020 Death Notice
    Age 92 AWMM
    Death Notice
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  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 9 January 2021 AWMM
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  • External links
    'NZ soldier Alan 'Rusty Vail extended interview', Morning Report, Radio New Zealand, 24 April 2013'rusty-vail-extended-interview
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Rennie, F. (1986) Regular Soldier. Auckland, N.Z.: Endeavour Press. AWMM
    • 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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