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Lawrence Melville Taylor

1NZ 1961-1963 WOs and Sgts (In Mess Kit). 4th Row: SSgt DJ McFarlane, Sgt AW Packer, Sgt DMW Vinten, Sgt W Lloyd, Sgt AEP Parker, Sgt K Friend, Sgt AD Nixey, Sgt M Anderson, SSgt AA Mansell, Sgt ER Gosney, Sgt TCR Scott, Sgt EG Shuker.
3rd Row: Sgt R Pankhurst, Sgt AJS Don, Sgt RE Cross, Sgt WAJ Marychurch, Sgt RW Rowe, Sgt AL Johnstone, Sgt RF McKenzie, SSgt MH Edwards, Sgt MC MacDonald, Sgt LM Taylor, Sgt RA Jenkins.
2nd Row: SSgt DW Gargett, Sgt G Schofield, Sgt BE Malloch, SSgt CM Kennedy, Sgt WF Tyms, Sgt M Rangiuia, Sgt W Elliott, SSgt JD Desmond, Sgt DWG Taylor, Sgt RC James, Sgt JE Millar, Sgt HJ Hyndman, Sgt MJ Hellyer, Sgt JW Brown.
1st Row: SSgt WFD Croxson, WOII RA Manning, WOU MR Taucher, WOII JH Moonlight, WOII DG Turnbull, WOI CM Schwass MBE (RSM), Lt Col LA Pearce MBE (CO), WOI AJ Aitken, WOII DF Williams, WOII AG McNearnie, WOII CG O'Brien, WOII RA Gibson, WOII PE Wischnowsky. Image kindly provided by Bill Russell, Vice President of the Malayan Veterans Association (December 2020).

1NZ 1961-1963 WOs and Sgts (In Mess Kit). 4th Row: SSgt DJ McFarlane, Sgt AW Packer, Sgt DMW Vinten, …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Lawrence Melville AWMM
  • Surname
    Taylor AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Rusty AWMM
    • L. M. Taylor AWMM
    • Rusty Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 4 May 2018 - Dieppe Barracks History
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 32135 AWMM
    • Vietnam E32135 AWMM
    • E32135 Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 4 May 2018 -
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 August 1931 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
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    1963 AWMM Married/Malaya AWMM
    Female children aged 9 and 7; Male child aged 4 AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    NZ Force – South East Asia. (Singapore-Malaysia 1966-1989) Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 11 August 2017 - Dieppe Barracks history
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 32135 AWMM
    • Vietnam E32135 AWMM
    • E32135 Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 4 May 2018 -
  • Military service
    V5 – Arrived at Nee Soon Garrison Nov69 (SVN May70-May71) returned to Dieppe Barracks & RTNZ Nov71. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 11 August 2017 - Dieppe Barracks history
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    Post WW2 1948 AWMM
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Biographical information

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  • Warrant Officer Lawrence Melville Taylor was the first Sergeant Major of the New Zealand Army.

    Life Member of the Richmond Waimea Returned Services Association. Source: Army News, Issue 479, February 2017.

    CSM of V5 Rifle Coy in Vietnam. Retired as first Warrant officer of the Army. Died in Nelson. Vietnam War Oral History Project interviewee. Interview and transcript held at the Alexander Turnbull Library Oral History Centre in Wellington, New Zealand. Reference: OHInt-0959-40

    Photo of Sgt L.M. Taylor in The Warrant Officers & Senior NCOs, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Nyasa Camp, Malaya 1958)

    Photo of Sgt L.M. Taylor in 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment, WOs & SGTs (Terendak Camp, Malaya 1962) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    31 January 2017 New Zealand Herald 4/2/17
    Age 85 AWMM
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  • E32135 Lawrence Melville (Rusty) TAYLOR MBE BEM (V5 69/71) 31 January 2017 aged 85. Stoke, Nelson. Cremation #20855. LEST WE FORGET. Rusty was the much loved CSM of V5, well liked and respected throughout the Infantry. ONWARD
  • The following link is a recorded interview with "Rusty" about his Army service;
    Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 11 August 2017
  • "Rusty" was the Company Sergeant Major (CSM) of Victor 5 Company, 1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment when stationed in Singapore. 2RAR/NZ(ANZAC) Bn…when in South Vietnam (SVN).
    Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 11 August 2017



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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
    • 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
    • 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


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