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William Hawkesby Ballam

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One of the few pictures I have of my father in uniform

William (Bill) Ballam

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William Hawkesby AWMM
  • Surname
    Ballam AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    "Bill" Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 31 January 2020 - https://www.malayavets.co.nz/last-post/
  • Service number
    Korea 459518 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    29 January 1931 AWMM AWMM
    Wanganui, New Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Korea Unknown AWMM Aorangi Rd, Paeroa, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • 1948-1960 AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency AWMM
      The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
    • 25 Jun 1950-27 July 1953 AWMM
      Korean War AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Korea 459518 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Private, 1 Bn NZ Regiment (Signals Platoon) 1957/59, Perak, Malaya Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 31 January 2020 - 1 Bn RNZIR Dieppe Barracks Association history annuals – Nat Arch WA-M2, Series 2/1

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Korea Unknown AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Railway Fireman/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Mr Ballam served in Malaya and Korea.

    Please note that the details provided by Mr Ballam were not war specific, and probably were a combined account of his service in both Malaya and Korea.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999 AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    8 June 2002 NZMVA
    NZMVA
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
31 January 2020RoscoeAotearoaResearcher
30 May 2019AnneNiagrara Falls, ON, CanadaChild
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