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James Wairata Brown

Military Cross Citation


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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Wairata AWMM
  • Surname
    Brown AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • J. W. Brown AWMM
    • Jim W. AWMM
    • Waerata AWMM
    • "Jim" Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 14 August 2018 - Dieppe Barracks History
  • Service number
    Vietnam 37575 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Waka
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    3 May 1940 AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Cross (MC) AWMM
      For operations in Borneo during the Confrontation. AWMM
    • Military Cross Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 2 December 2017 - Supplement to London Gazette 24th May 1966 (6112) "in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Borneo Territories during the period 24th June 1965 to 23rd December 1965"

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Prisoner of war

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  • N.Z. Soldiers in Malaysia Win Valour Awards
    Lieutenant James Wairata Brown
    Lieutenant Brown of Waimana, Bay of Plenty, was one of six recipients of awards for gallant and distinguished service in Malaysia recently announced by the Governor General, Sir Bernard Fergusson. He received the Military Cross.

    The citation says that while he was commanding a platoon on operations one of his sentries fired on and wounded an Indonesian Scout. Lieutenant Brown quickly organised a patrol which captured the men who subsequently gave much valuable information.

    A few weeks later Lieutenant Brown's platoon came under heavy fire. Calling for covering fire, Lieutenant Brown moved forward to within hand grenade range of the enemy and inflicted heavy casualties before returning to supervise the withdrawal of his men.

    Only two Military Crosses have been awarded in the New Zealand Army in the past nine years. The other recipient was Lieutenant Eru Manuera (Te Ao Hou Issue No. 54).

    Amongst the other five recipients of awards announced by the Governor Gneeral at the same time were two other Maoris, Private Tahu Ashby of Pakaraka, Bay of Islands, who gained the Military Medal, and Sergeant Winiwini Ahitapi McGee of Whangarei, who was mentioned in despatches.

    The citation for Private Ashby's Military Medal tells of three engagements in which he figured. On 30 June 1965. Ashby was fired on by two Indonesian infiltrators from close quarters. Firing from the hip with his Bren gun he killed one and wounded the other. On 1 July his platoon was covering a withdrawal when it came under enemy fire. He maintained his position during the attack and enabled the withdrawing troops to move safely. On 28 July when Private Ashby's company was ambushed, he managed to locate one of the enemy machine guns and silence it. This action turned what could have been a successful Indonesian attack into a failure. (Te Ao Hou September 1966 Page 25)

    Tuhoe affiliation. RF Cadet 1957. OCS Portsea graduate December 1963. Won MC in Borneo with 1 RNZIR. Coy 2 i/c W3 until June 1971, then OC A Coy, 2 RAR until RTNZ. Retired as Lt Col. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    30 May 1997 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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    Manukau Memorial Gardens, Manukau, Auckland AWMM
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  • Jim was born on the 3rd of May 1940 and died 30 May 1997. S37575 James Wairata (Jim) BROWN-MC, [BV-Lt, W3-Capt] (OC Charlie O73/75, OC Spt 75/76) 30 May 1997 aged 57. Buried at Tataiahape Marae Urupa, 3 Matahi Valley Rd, Nukuhou, Waimana, Eastern BoP 3196. [-38.16621, 177.11117] LEST WE FORGET.
    Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 2 December 2017



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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
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 18 May-1 October 1965, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.151-156 AWMM
    • Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing AWMM


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