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John Brooke

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THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BATTALION. The New Zealand Regiment — Malaya 1962. Back Row L to R: Capt WD Prouse, 2Lt RA Monks, Lt KD Bell, Capt NL Skilton, Lt BD Sinclair, Lt PDR Browne, 2Lt JA Dixon, 2Lt KH Fraser, 2Lt NA Kotua, 2Lt TD Brosnahan, Lt J A Hawkins, Lt MJ Ross, 2Lt MH Devlin, 2Lt WPB Brady.
Middle Row L to R: Capt PJ Rodgers ED, Capt LB Shannon, Capt JM Spiers, Fr PMM Carmody, Capt PJ Burtt, Lt MJ Dudman, Capt WJD Meldrum, 2Lt DA Dawe, Lt LF Partner, Lt JW Litchfield, 2Lt JD Collinson, 2Lt DB Slocombe, Capt MJ Hall, Lt AL Gadsby.
Front Row L. to R: Capt JP Brosnahan, Maj J Brooke, Maj NE McLeod, Maj WG Pike, Maj RH Smith, Maj MR Kennedy, Lt Col LA Pearce, MBE, Capt TB Butson, Maj IB Bennett, Maj R Stanley-Harris, Maj RH Manson, Maj KE Ussher, Capt JRM Barker, Capt TG Martin.
Inset. Lt RV Richards, Ch IV CI W Vercoe.Image kindly provided by Bill Russell, Vice President of the Malayan Veterans Association (December 2020).

THE OFFICERS OF THE FIRST BATTALION. The New Zealand Regiment — Malaya 1962. Back Row L to R: Capt W …

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Identity

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  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Brooke AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    J. E. Brooke AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 31357 AWMM
    • Malaya 31357 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
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Civilian life

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  • Birth
    14 May 1927 AWMM
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Service

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • British Empire Medal (BEM) AWMM
    • Additional Member of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) - 1Jan67-Maj Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 19 June 2021 - https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/44212/supplement/44

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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    Lieutenant Colonel Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 19 June 2021 - http://www.nzlii.org/nz/other/nz_gazette/1974/75/3.pdf

Biographical information

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    • CO 1 RNZIR 1968-1970. Signed in to Victor Company Sgts Mess Visitors Book on 29 August 1968 escorted by his RSM WO1 Graeme Brighouse (NAM Collection). Died and buried in Wellington.

      From Chamberlain: Seconded to Kayforce and appointed Liaison Officer at Headquarters Commonwealth Division but was attached to 3 Royal Australian Regiment. Struck of Strength Kayforce and posted to Regular Force November 1952. Northern Military District Training Cadre staff September 1950 to November 1952. Adjutant Wellington Regiment, member of the Coronation Contingent, March to August 1953. Served in 1 NZ Regiment in Malaya September 1961- November 1963 and was appointed Company Commander, on return to New Zealand, was posted to Army Headquarters and appointed GSO2 (Training) and GSO2 (Plans). Posted to 1 Bn Depot August 1966 and became Commanding Officer 1 Bn Depot and assumed command of 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment November 1967. Appointed MBE New Year Honours 1967. Served in Malaysia November 1967-December 1969, during which time he visited his men serving in Vietnam. Attended Joint Services Staff College, Australia January to June 1970. Director of Training at Army General Staff, July 1970. Retired on the 18 June 1974.

      Photo of Maj J. Brooke in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Regiment (Malaya 1962)

      Photo of Lt Col J. Brooke in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Terendak Camp, Malaysia 1967) AWMM
    • Died and cremated at Wellington. Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 19 June 2021 - https://wellington.govt.nz/cemeteries/cemetery-search-and-plot-locater/details?id=39142&serviceType=Cremation&previousPage=%2fcemeteries%2fcemetery-search-and-plot-locater%2fresults%3fpagesize%3d20%26orderBy%3dname%26serviceType%3dAll%26lastName%3dbrooke%26fromDate%3d01%252f01%252f1840%26toDate%3d19%252f06%252f2021%26cemetery%3dAll
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Death

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  • Death
    8 October 1974 NZMVA
    WellingtonNew Zealand NZMVA
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Sources

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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
    • Last Post - New Zealand Malaya Veterans Association AWMM
    • 1NZR Roll 1961-1963 - Bill Russell, Malayan Veterans Association Scrapbook – 40th Anniversary edition. AWMM
    • DECEASED, 1 NZ Regiment, 1961-63 – Internet resource. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      p. 69 AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM

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