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James Donald Carson

WO2 James Donald (Jim) CARSON - Bandmaster, 1 NZ Regt, Terendak Malaya 1962

WO2 James Donald (Jim) CARSON - Terendak 1962

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Carson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Jim AWMM
    • J. D. Carson AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 645875 AWMM
    • N645875 Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 December 2020 - 1 NZ Regt(61/63) Nominal Roll.
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 November 1934 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    1963 AWMM Married/Malaya AWMM
    Female children aged 5 and 2 AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 645875 AWMM
    • N645875 Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 December 2020 - 1 NZ Regt(61/63) Nominal Roll.
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) AWMM
    • Ordinary Member of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 December 2020 -
    • Queen Elizibeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (QESJ) Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 December 2020 -

Training and Enlistment

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  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • 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

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Biographical information

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  • Founder of the NZ Army Band. Bandmaster on the 1RNZIR Band tour to Vietnam 27 Oct to 2 Nov 1969.

    'Jim Carson was recruited as a professional bandmaster in to the rank of Ssgt. He recruited the majority of the band before departure from NZ. The band came together in Nov 1961. It was based in Wellington Lines, Terendak Camp near Malacca. The Drum Major was Sgt Graeme Ward, a PTI. Like Terry Moloney's band in 1957-59 a pipe band was raised from the battalion members on a voluntary basis. Jim Carson was the only other bandmaster to raise a battalion pipe band.' Roger Carter.

    Originally from the Palmerston North Garrison Band. Veteran source.

    Photo of Lt J.D. Carson in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Terendak Camp, Malaysia 1967) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    1 August 2008 NZMVA
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Purewa Cemetery, 100 Saint Johns Road, Meadowbank, Auckland 1072. Block R, Row 35, Plot 9. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 December 2020 -
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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
    • Organisation - New Zealand Army Force - FARELF [Far East Land Forces] - Organisation and formation - [Malaya] [Malaya 1960-1964 1NZIR Repatriation Lists]. Archives New Zealand Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1120 (R22435552) AWMM
      List is intended to post personnel of 1NZ Regt on their retrun to NZ with a range of factors in mind. 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
    • Malayan Veterans Assn. (2004-). Selamat : Newsletter of the Malayan Veterans' Association Inc. AWMM


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