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George Henry Anthony Preston

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    George Henry Anthony AWMM
  • Surname
    Preston AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    G. H. A. Preston AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 40033 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Embarkation details
    • Vietnam Gunner/Military Ministry for Culture and Heritage Royal New Zealand Artillery, 161 Battery AWMM 1st Australian Task Force AWMM
    • Vietnam Gunner/Military Ministry for Culture and Heritage 6th Royal Australian Regiment / New Zealand (ANZAC) Battalion, Whiskey 3 Company (1RNZIR) Ministry for Culture and Heritage 1st Australian Task Force AWMM
      2nd Embarkation AWMM
    • George was a Corporal on his second tour to SVN (14Nov69-10Nov70) not a Gunner (dont have gunner rank in Infantry). He was the Section Commander of 3 Section, 3 Platoon. (W333). His section consisted of; Cpl George Preston (Sect Comd), LCpl Sammy Samson (Sect 2IC), Len Portland, Bob Newson, Tom Cooper, Greg Taukiri, Mike Ngatae. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 6 June 2018 -
    • George was not a Gunner on his first tour to Vietnam, he was an Infantry Private attached to 161 Battery as an Operator/Driver/Signaler in the FO Party (Forward Observation) with the Australian Infantry Battalions (mainly 3 Bn RAR). 161 Battery RNZA fired the guns from the Gun Line but they had FO partys (x1 RNZA officer & x1 signaler) grunting with the Infantry Battalions to call in the artillery when needed. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 6 June 2018 - Dieppe Barracks History

Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Completed two TOD in Vietnam. Posted to 161 Bty as Dvr Op on 12.7.1967. RTNZ 14.7.1968. Returned to Vietnam with W3 15.11.1969 and RTNZ again 10.11.1970. Vietnam War Oral History Project interviewee (along with wife, Maree Preston). Interview and transcript held at the Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. Reference: OHInt-0959-18 AWMM


About death

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  • Cause of death
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  • Memorial name
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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


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