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Daphne Margaret Shaw

Portrait of Daphne Shaw. Sitting on bed at camp in 1970, Vietnam. Image provided by service person (2007).  This image may be subject to copyright.

Portrait of Daphne Shaw. Sitting on bed at camp in 1970, Vietnam. Image provided by service person ( …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Daphne Margaret AWMM
  • Surname
    Shaw AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Daphne Margaret Shaw AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 215491 AWMM
  • Gender
    Female AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1 May 1943 AWMM
  • Date of birth
    1 May 1943 Public - Stoney - Researcher - 7 December 2023 - Death notice, NZ Herald, 6 December 2023
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr D.J. Shaw (father), Clevedon, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 215491 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Associate Royal Red Cross (ARRC) AWMM
      Major Shaw joined the Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps as a Sister in 1969. Since that time she has served in hospitals in all three Services within New Zealand, and in NZ Force Hospital in Singapore and, notably, in 1971 for a year with No 1 Field Hospital, Vung Tau, South Vietnam, nursing Allied casualties requiring medical, surgical and intensive care. She assumed her present appointment as Matron of the Base Hospital, RNZAF Base Auckland in 1976. In this appointment she has an additional responsibility for the supervision of all nursing officers posted for flight sister duties and undertakes these duties herself. In her capacity as a flight sister, Major Shaw has attended many VIP passengers, including the Governor-General and Prime Minister, and has attended aero-medical patients on many tasks throughout the South Pacific. These have involved the aero-medical evacuation of critically ill civilian and service personnel at all times of the day and night with minimal notice and often without specialist equipment or assistance. Specific events which highlight the variety of tasks Major Shaw has undertaken include the first two RNZAF flights to Burma, the evacuation of NZ nationals from Teheran, and a period of two weeks in the then Gilbert and Ellice Islands assisting during a cholera epidemic. On all these occasions and on missions of a more routine nature, Major Shaw has shown a total dedication to the welfare of her patients and the well being of the passengers and crews with who she has flown. The sense of duty which she typically displays always places others before herself regardless of the circumstances. Throughout her service Major Shaw has demonstrated the highest professional standards in her care of Service and civilian patients. At all times she has been an inspiration to junior nursing officers and medical staff. AWMM
    • New Zealand Operational Service Medal AWMM
    • Vietnam Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2 14 May 1969 AWMM Nurse AWMM
  • 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

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    • Post WW2 Major/Military AWMM
    • Lieutenant Colonel Public - Stoney - Researcher - 7 December 2023 - Death notice, NZ Herald, 6 December 2023

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Read citation for ARRC gazetted NY 1984 (included reference to Vietnam Service). AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    2 December 2023 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    TaupoWaikato AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    SHAW, Daphne Margaret 1 May 1943 - 2 December 2023. Lt Col (Lieutenant Colonel) Retired D.M. (Daphne) Shaw. Service No: 215 491 Passed away peacefully in Taupo Hospital. Treasured daughter to Dave and Linda. Loved sister to Douglas and Norma. Sister-in-law to Janice and Wayne. Special Auntie to Ian, Andrew, Carmen, and Dean. - Published by The New Zealand Herald from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2023. AWMM
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  • Nga mihi nunui from the team at Online Cenotaph. We appreciate the effort you put into helping to create records for thousands of service women over 20 years ago. We will carry on you legacy.
    Public - Victoria - 11 December 2023



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  • External links
  • References
    • Service Women Project: Sponsorship to research this record was kindly provided by the Auckland Returned Services Association, Returned Servicewomen's Branch; Marjorie Traill, Dorothy Grant, Daphne Shaw and Margaret Woollett. AWMM
    • New Zealand Military Nursing - A History of the R.N.Z.N.C. Boer War to Present Day AWMM
    • McNabb, S. (2015). 100 years New Zealand military nursing : New Zealand Army nursing service : Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps, 1915-2015. Hawke's Bay, N.Z.: Sherayl McNabb. AWMM


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07 December 2023StoneyTuakauResearcher

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