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John O'Hara Tobin

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John O'Hara AWMM
  • Surname
    Tobin AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • M13604 AWMM
    • Korea 13604 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 November 1932 Cenotaph Data Entry Form ChristchurchCanterbury Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • 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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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2/Regular Military Service 26 February 1951 Cenotaph Data Entry Form
    Age 18 AWMM
    Scholar/Civilian Cenotaph Data Entry Form HMNZS Philomel Cenotaph Data Entry Form
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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  • Embarkation details
    • Post WW2/Regular Military Service Vessel was Westralia AWMM Cadet/Civilian Cenotaph Data Entry Form HMS Birmingham Cenotaph Data Entry Form Royal New Zealand Navy AWMM
    • Korea Vessel was Royalist AWMM Midshipman/Military AWMM
      2nd Embarkation AWMM
    • Malaya Lieutenant (N)/Military Cenotaph Data Entry Form
      3rd Embarkation AWMM
    • First passage in TV Westralia
      Australia to UK in TV Cameronia, built 1911
      Korean War ship was HMS Birmingham
      Midshipman under training with Royal Navy
      Malayan Emergency ship was HMNZS Royalist
      Lieutenant RNZN Public - John O'Hara - Self - 24 March 2016 - Own recollections

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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 10 inches AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      Blue AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • This record was compiled with information from the serviceman

    A normal RNZN officer entry of the period, with training in the Royal Navy ashore and at sea for four and a half years then returning home for sea service to complete qualification for Lieutenant's rank. After three years in two ships,and a short period at HMNZS IRIRANGI went to the UK for a course in aircraft direction and 2 years exchange service which included time in HMS ARK ROYAL which flew the (then) latest jet fighters. On return spent time in Naval Staff before going to the Defence Staff in Singapore for two years, followed by time in WAIKATO , then OTAGO. This was followed by over two years in Glasgow as the Project Officer for the construction of HMNZS CANTERBURY. Returned to the Defence Ministry in Officer postings before returning to sea in command of HMNZS WAIKATO. This was followed by a period in the Naval Staff then to Auckland as Chief of Staff before going to London in the Defence Liaison Staff. Became Head of the staff after a year and was also Defence Attache to West Germany when that appointment was created. Last appointment was as C O HMNZS PHILOMEL and on retirement was promoted Commodore, the rank I held in London.
    Married in 1958, had three children born in different countries owing to our travels. The oldest, a son, was born in Malta, joined the RN Fleet Air Arm when we were in London and served in the Falklands war. He transferred to the Royal Australian Navy in 1988 and retired from the service in 2009. The next, a daughter born in England, served in the London University Territorial Artillery for a time while attending university. All three married English people so the grandchildren have dual citizenship. (Source:Serviceman) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
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24 March 2016John O'HaraAuckland NZSelf

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