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William Kenneth Streater



  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Kenneth AWMM
  • Surname
    Streater AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Kenneth Streater AWMM
    • Snow AWMM
  • Service number
    • Jayforce 37316 AWMM
    • Korea 206946 AWMM
    • WWII 37316 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 December 1918 AWMM DannevirkeManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Pre 1940-1941 AWMM Glengarry, Dannevirke AWMM
    • Jayforce Pre 1946-1948 AWMM Glengarry, Dannevirke AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr. R.A. Streater, Glengarry, Dannevirke (father) AWMM
    • Jayforce Mr. R.A. Streater, Glengarry, Dannevirke (f) AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Military Medal (MM) AWMM
      26 October 1944 AWMM
      "On 3 June 1944, in the Lanna area, battery wagon lines were subjected to heavy concentrated enemy artillery fire. A Machine Gun Battalion truck containing small arms ammunition and a gun tractor containing 25 Pdr Ammunition were hit causing an additional danger to vehicles and personnel in the Wagon lines. Gunner Streater, driver of a gun tractor, without regard to personal safety succeeded in removing his and another tractor from the area, all the while under shellfire and hampered by exploding ammunition. He received a slight wound which did not deter him from carrying on showing a fine example of determination and devotion to duty. " The National Archives. Recommendation for Award for Streater, Kenneth. (Ref. WO 373/8/316). Military Medal. AWMM
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
    • Africa Star (8th Army clasp) AWMM
    • Italy Star AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
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Medical history

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Gunner K. Streater, MM; born Dannevirke, 18 Dec 1918; labourer; twice wounded. (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p.599.)

    'The wagon lines were as much exposed to the shellfire as the gun positions and there, too, there were instances of exceptional bravery as men tried to save vehicles and equipment from the many fires which broke out. A truck of the machine-gun battalion was one which caught on fire and its small-arms ammunition began to explode like deadly firecrackers. Gunner Streater of 29 Battery drove his own quad out of danger, although he was slightly wounded by a shellburst. Another quad was blazing and the HE ammunition in it was in grave danger of exploding. Streater disregarded this and the shelling of the area and went back to collect another quad and drive it to safety. Gunner Nuttall and at least two others did much the same, and Nuttall wrapped himself in a blanket and tried to drive the blazing quad away. In this he failed, but he succeeded in salvaging some personal belongings from it, suffering burns himself in so doing. Then he carried on driving other vehicles away. Gunner K. Streater, MM; born Dannevirke, 18 Dec 1918; labourer; twice wounded.' (Source: Murphy, W.E. 2nd NZ Divisional Artillery. p. 599.) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    22 May 2010 Cemetery Records
    Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Kelvin Grove Cemetery Palmerston North New Zealand AWMM
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  • External links
  • References
    • Murphy, W. (1966). 2nd New Zealand Divisional Artillery. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
      p.599. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 3 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1940 to 31st March, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.457 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.127 AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Nominal rolls embarkation K-force [Korea Nominal Roll], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1433 (R22440250) AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM

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