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Kevin Patrick Murphy

Portrait of Captain Bruce Murphy and Lt Kevin Patrick (Pat) Murphy.

Captain Bruce Murphy and brother Lieutenant Pat Murphy

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Kevin Patrick AWMM
  • Surname
    Murphy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Pat AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam FO30710 AWMM
    • Vietnam 30710 AWMM
    • Malaya 30710 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 November 1940 Family source TaihapeManawatu-Wanganui Family source
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • 4 Thrush Street, Taihape AWMM
    • Malaya Taihape AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Mary Ann Murphy (mother), 4 Thrush Street, Taihape AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    18 January 1959 Family source Cadet/Military Family source
  • 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
    Jun 1965 AWMMHospital Diseases , Wounds, Vietnam AWMM
    Head injury from mortar attack AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    2 May 1979 AWMM
    Discharge reason: Resigned after 20 years service RNZA AWMM
    Major/Military Family source

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • "New Zealand brothers in the 161 Field Battery R.N.Z.A. co-operate with Australians. Captain Bruce Murphy and his brother, Lieutenant Pat Murphy, from Taihape. Bruce is with the Australians as a forward observations officer who sends back target areas to his brother Pat in charge of the gun crew." - The Daily News, Tuesday, January 18, 1966

      WIA 25.7.1966 with shrapnel wounds to head - returned to duty. Read citation for MID. Buried in Purewa Cemetery, Auckland. Block M, Row 38, Plot 27. AWMM
    • Patrick completed secondary education at Taihape District High School and Wellington College in 1959. He graduated from the Royal Military College (RMC) Duntroon, Australia December1962 and was commissioned as a Lieutenant. He was captain of the RMC first XV rugby team in 1962 and a keen athlete.
      He joined the Royal Regiment of the New Zealand Artillery (RNZA). He held command appointments within the RNZA including that of Chief Instructor of the School of Artillery and was Protocol Officer, Defence Headquarters. He served as a Captain with 161 Battery in Vietnam July 1965 – October 1966 and from February – September 1969 and was awarded an MID July 1966
      Patrick completed the Long Gunnery Staff Course at the Royal School of Artillery at Larkhill, UK 1969-1970. From 1972-74 he was seconded by the Army as Secretary of the Ceremonial Committee and Liaison Officer to the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch. His last posting was to Defence Headquarters as Director of Coordination and Secretariat. Patrick resigned from the Army in 1979 to take up farming at Waimauku and then at Miranda. He moved to Auckland in 2001 for health reasons and died of cancer (non Hodgkin’s lymphoma) in 2002 aged 61 years.

      Patrick’s brother was Lt Col Bruce Murphy (F30618) also a graduate of RMC Duntroon, who served in with 161 Battery RNZA in Vietnam. Bruce was awarded the Military Cross (MC). He died on 8 November 1986 aged 50 years of cancer. Public - Murphy - Wife - 10 May 2017 - Personal records
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About death

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  • Death
    28 July 2002 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 61 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Purewa, Meadowbank, Auckland AWMM Block M34, Plot 042 AWMM
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  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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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
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice AWMM
    • Cenotaph data entry form AWMM
      April 2017 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 2 1962-1963- Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM


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10 May 2017Murphy Auckland, New Zealand Wife
04 May 2017JudithAuckland, New ZealandOther relative

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