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Ivan James Patrick Fearon

Lourdes Centenary Celebration.

Photograph of the 1 New Zealand Regiment Band, Singapore, 16 February 1958

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Ivan James Patrick AWMM
  • Surname
    Fearon AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • I. J. P. Fearon AWMM
    • Pip AWMM
  • Service number
    • Malaya 330590 AWMM
    • Vietnam 330590 AWMM
    • M330590 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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    Bandsman/Military AWMM
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  • One of the original Heritage Members of the New Zealand Army Band.

    'Pip played baritone in the 1NZ Regt Band led by Terry Moloney 1957-59. Pip also served as a Sgt with 161 Batt in SVN. Pip also served with the RNZEME Corps. On Sunday 16 February 1958 Terry’s little band of 12 players played their very first public engagement before a crowd of 10,000 as they accompanied the hymns at a Roman Catholic celebration of the Centenary of Lourdes, in Jalan Besar Stadium Singapore. Terry’s comment was, “Why were we asked to play? He suspected that the British bands were approached, but demanded too high a fee. The kiwi band did it for nothing!!! The band was at the Jungle Warfare School (JWS) in Kota Tinggi at the time working up their jungle craft, shooting and patrolling skills. Before they left for Singapore someone took a photo of the bandsmen before they mounted their truck. They look resplendent in starched and pressed jungle greens, white webbing, white anklets and spit polished boots. Pip is in the front row third in from the left. This historic photo is on the wall of the NZAB Bandroom at Burnham Camp. These 12 bandsmen and bandmaster Terry Moloney are the forerunners of today’s NZAB. As the band was packing up a priest thanked the band for their performance and slipped Terry some money which was enough for all of them to enjoy a few drinks and a meal at the Britannia Club before returning to Nyasa Camp, Kota Tinggi in Johor Bahru.' Roger Carter. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    16 April 2021 AWMM
    Age 89 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    FEARON, Ivan James Patrick (Pip). M330590 Rtd Sgt. Peacefully on 16th April 2021, aged 89. Much loved husband of Frances (deceased) and Dawn (deceased). Much loved father and father-in-law to Ross, Peter, Bernie, Donna and Vicki (deceased), grandfather to Nicole, Ryan, Logan and Jake (deceased), brother and brother-in-law to Merv (deceased), Jim, Ann (deceased) and Bev. Saw service in Malaya 1957, Vietnam 1969 and Singapore 1975 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
    • 1st Battalion - New Zealand Regiment - Historical Records - General, July 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADRC 17588 2/1/1 (R17928162). AWMM
    • Clamp, B., Clamp, D., & 1st Battalion the New Zealand Regiment (1957-59) Association. (2007). 1st battalion the New Zealand regiment (1957-59) association 50th anniversary: the first of the first. B. Clamp. AWMM


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