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James Walter Farmer

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Photograph of Captain James Walter Farmer. Image kindly provided by James Walter Farmer (November 2019). Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Captain James Walter Farmer. Image kindly provided by James Walter Farmer (November 20 …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Walter AWMM
  • Surname
    Farmer AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Jim AWMM
    • J. W. Farmer AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 785362 AWMM
    • Malaya 785362 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 March 1938 AWMM GreytownWairarapa AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Malaya Papakura AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM


Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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Prisoner of war

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  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • Also served in New Zealand under Compulsory Military Training with 1 Nelson Marlborough & West Coast Regiment and 1 Wellington Regiment; Southern District Signals Troop, Addington Barracks; 1 Brigade (Main); Army Headquarters Communications Centre; 1 Communications Zone; 2 Communications Zone.

    Served in West Germany with Grenzschutzgruppe 9 (GSG 9), German Federal Police, on anti-terrorist operations.

    Total military service 26 years. 9 years in the New Zealand Army, 8 years in the Rhodesian Army, 3 years with the Omani Army and 3 years with Omani Special Forces.

    Captain Farmer married while in Rhodesia,

    Served in the RNZSigs, 1959-1968. Attached to 161 Battery RNZA as Sergeant drill instructor, 1965-1966. Deployed to Vietnam with the Battery in 1966 (with BSM Steve Parker) and seconded to the Australian 145 Signal Squadron and 110 Signal Squadron for nine months. Initially based at the 145 Sig Sqn Communication Centre in Cholon, Saigon; then later at the 110 Sig Sqn Communication Centre in Vung Tau. AWMM
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  • External links
  • 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
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 2 1962-1963- Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
29 November 2019ResearcherNew ZealandSelf
24 July 2019James WalterKaitaia New ZealandSelf

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