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John Pennington Gatley

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Pennington AWMM
  • Surname
    Gatley AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    645025 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

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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
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    645025 AWMM
  • Military service
    School Cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Lieutenant - 1 Bn NZ Regt 1957/59 Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 25 January 2020 - 1 Bn RNZIR Dieppe Barracks history annuals

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Royal Military School, Duntroon AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2 Jan 1953 AWMM
    Age 18 AWMM
    Regular Force Army Officer/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

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Death

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  • Death
    31 May 2018 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
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  • Cemetery
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  • Memorial name
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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
23 November 2018Robert John S MunroWellington nzFriend
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