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Edward Breton Bestic

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Portrait of Brigadier Edward Bestic X38270. Image kindly provided by Edward Bestic. Image subject to copyright restrictions.
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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward Breton AWMM
  • Surname
    Bestic AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Bret AWMM
    • E. B. Bestic AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 38270 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 February 1941 AWMM WhangareiNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Enlistment
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  • Age on enlistment


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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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • 1958 Regular Force Cadets
    1959-62 Royal Military College Duntroon
    1963-64 Regular Force Cadets
    1964 1 Bn Depot
    1965 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR)
    1966 HQ Director Borneo CPS
    1967-69 Army HQ
    1971-71 HQ 1 Australian Task Force, also attached, New Zealand Special Air Service (NZSAS), US Army, US Marines
    1971-72 School of Infantry
    1973-1974 1 Royal New Zealand Infrantry Regiment
    1975 Malaysian Staff College
    1976-79 Army HQ and Home Command
    1979-1982 Commanding Officer 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment in Dieppe Barracks Singapore.
    1982-83 Director of Infantry and SAS. Army HQ
    1984 Joint Services Staff College (JSSC Australia)
    1984-85 Colonel Personnel Army HQ.
    1985-86 Canadian National Defence College (CNDC), Kingston, Ontario.
    1986-87 Commander Army Training Group Waiouru
    1987-89 Commander Support Command
    1989-1993 Commander Land Forces (Takapuna, Auckland).

    Post Military Service Occupations.
    1997- 1999 Manager Paremoremo Prison.
    United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Yugoslavia Chief Feild Admin.
    2001 -2017 United Nations World Food Program - Logistics Consultant

    General Service Medal from Canada for Service in Afghanistan
    Medal from Vietnamese Government for service AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
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  • Obituary
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
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