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Micheal Raphael Gabriel Subritzky-Countkusza

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Micheal Raphael Gabriel AWMM
  • Surname
    Subritzky-Countkusza AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Subs AWMM
  • Service number
    E100514 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    Zimbabwe - Rhodesia AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    E100514 AWMM
  • Military service
    Professional soldier: RNZNVR, RNZN, RNZA AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Rhodesia Medal AWMM
    • Zimbabwe Independence Medal AWMM
    • New Zealand Defence Service Medal with three bars [Regular Territorial, National Service]

      New Zealand Corrections Long Service Medal Public - Mike - Friend - 3 March 2017 - Personal knowledge
    • KAWALEROW ORDERU ODRODZEZIA POLSKI ((Pol) Order lll) and [(Pol) Order II]
      Polonia Restitution awarded by the Polish Government in Exile is recognised as a legitimate award bestowed to Captain Michael Subritzky-Countkusza served as part of the Polish Government in Exile. This service was done by Michael after he had retired from the New Zealand Armed Forces. There is no documents which ban recipients of the Polonia Restitution awarded by the Polish Government in Exile from wearing the Order. It has nothing to do with the collapse of the communism system in Poland. Michael is renowned for his war poetry and also he has many penned books. The decoration was again awarded to Michael by Republic of Boguslaw Nowak on ANZAC Day 2017, and Wellington based Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Wellington, His Excellency Zbigniew Gniatkowski. Public - Mike - Friend - 26 September 2017 - Family papers
    • Poland Home Army Cross.
      Bestowed upon Captain Michael Subritzky for active participation is the political struggle for Freedom of Poland. Public - Mike - Friend - 28 September 2017 - Family papers

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Induction training at Papakura camp in 1979 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2 16 April 1968 AWMM
    Age 17 AWMM
    Gunnery Instructor/Civilian 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
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, Peacekeeping AWMM
    Contracted Q fever and treated in Johannesburg, South Africa AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Polish noble clan Kusza (crossbow) 1495

    Wife: Marilyn Gaye (nee: Williams)

    Returned to New Zealand aboard C130 (Hercules) from Salisbury airport on 1980, arriving at Whenuapai

    Retired from the New Zealand Army in 1990. Later served as a Captain in the Polish Government in exile AWMM


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
  • Memorial reference



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  • External links
  • Documents
    Information kindly provided by family AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
14 January 2021MikeMatamataFriend
07 December 2016Mike Subritzky (I have 6 Sons)KatikatiChild

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