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Frederick Donald Barclay

Photograph taken at Whangaparoa army base in late November, 1967 during field firing exercise using GPMG M60 machine guns. Major David Ogilvy is firing the M60 closest to camera, with Sgt Fred Barclay back to camera. The exercise was part of the cooperative "Tasman 6" exchange series of exercises involving personnel from 1 Ranger Squadron NZSAS, Airborne Platoon Royal Australian Infantry and 1st Battalion Royal New South Wales Regiment (Commando). Image kindly provided by Brian Murphy (July 2018). Image is subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph taken at Whangaparoa army base in late November, 1967 during field firing exercise using …


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    Frederick Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Barclay AWMM
  • Ingoa
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    • Fred AWMM
    • F. D. Barclay AWMM
    • Fred AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 677105 AWMM
    • Malaya 677105 AWMM
    • J677105 AWMM
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    Male AWMM
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    14 February 1938 AWMM
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    • British Empire Medal (BEM) (Military) AWMM
      NZ Gazette Number 47 dated 24 June 1971 (QB 1971) CITATION Staff Sergeant Barclay enlisted in the New Zealand Army in April 1959 and served with 2nd Battalion, New Zealand Regiment on active service in Malaya until 1962. In September 1963 he returned to Malaysia to join 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. He again saw active service, this time as a Section Commander during the Indonesian landings on the West Coast of the Malaysian Peninsular in 1964. In May 1965 he became a member of 1 Ranger Squadron, New Zealand Special Air Service in the rank of corporal and in five years has progressed to the rank of Staff Sergeant. In 1966 he served in Borneo on active service as a patrol commander. He was again posted to active service as the troop sergeant of the original 4 Troop NZSAS in the Republic of Vietnam from November 1968 to December 1969. Whilst serving with 4 Troop NZSAS as Troop Sergeant, Staff Sergeant Barclay displayed outstanding leadership qualities. His coolness and marksmanship, combined with outstanding bravery, together with his courage under fire, set an exemplary example to the Australian and New Zealand Special Air Service soldiers serving under his command. During his tour in the Republic of Vietnam his patrols sighted a total of two hundred and eighty-eight enemy. His patrols were involved in nine heavy contacts in which sixteen enemy were killed. During these contacts Staff Sergeant Barclay was wounded twice1. On 2nd January 19692 he was on patrol with five Australian Special Air Service soldiers when they were engaged by over seventy Viet Cong Regional and Main Force soldiers. Although wounded Staff Sergeant Barclay was successful in helping to extract the patrol which killed seven enemy and wounded one without loss to them. Staff Sergeant Barclay’s professionalism, his dedication to duty, his courage under combat conditions ands skill as a Special Air Service soldier, combined with his leadership and loyalty have brought credit on both himself and the New Zealand Army in New Zealand and overseas. AWMM
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • Vietnam Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Warlike) (Vietnam clasp) AWMM

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  • Wounded in action, 2 January 1969 – shrapnel wound to head; and 6 August 1969 – fragment wounds to jaw and right leg. Read citation for BEM gazetted QB 1971. Served in NZ Army 1962-1987.

    Was RSM 1RNZIR in Singapore May 1984-December 1986 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    19 August 2021 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
    WhangamataCoromandel District AWMM
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  • References
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • Hall, C. (2014). No front line : inside stories of New Zealand's Vietnam War. Auckland, New Zealand : Penguin Books. AWMM
    • This record was created from data kindly provided by the New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage. AWMM
    • Gurr, Robert M. (1995). Voices from a border war : a history of 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1963 to 1965. Melbourne, Vic.: Robert Gurr. AWMM
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 8 May 1964, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.139-150 AWMM
      Listed as serving in the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment but this is incorrect AWMM
    • Nominal Roll 2NZ Regiment 1959-1961. Kindly provided by Alan (Archie) Dawson February 2021. AWMM
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 1 1958-1961 - Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM

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