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William John David Meldrum

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    William John David AWMM
  • Surname
    Meldrum AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • The Sheriff Meldrum AWMM
    • High Pockets Meldrum AWMM
  • Service number
    30517 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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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
    • Thailand AWMM
    • 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
    • 1962-1966 AWMM
      Borneo Confrontation 1962-1966 AWMM
      Following the defeat of the Brunei rebellion at the end of 1962 the Indonesian Foreign Minister announced a policy of 'confgrontation' against Malaysia, justifying this Indonesian expansion as a response to hostile neo-colonialist / imperialist policies against Indonesia. Following on the burning oif the British Embassy in Jakarta a British and Commonwealth force was created to dominate the Borneo border and resist Indonesian incursions. from Spink (1988) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    30517 AWMM
  • Military service
    School Cadets AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Lieutenant, 1 Bn NZ Regiment 1957/59, Malaya. Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 25 January 2020 - 1 Bn RNZIR Dieppe Barracks Association history annuals

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Royal Military College, Duntroon AWMM
    • Burnham Camp (Trained Compulsory Military Training Recruits 1955-57) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Post WW2 30 January 1951 AWMM
    Age 17 AWMM
    School boy/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      6 foot 3 inches AWMM
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      11 stone AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Son of Brigadier-General W. Meldrum CB, CMG, DSO

      2nd Cousin of Major-General Bruce Meldrum CB, CBE, CGS

      Cousin of Major General Maurice Dodson CBE, MC

      Commanded 1 Ranger Squadron NZ SAS 1964-65.

      Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2000 AWMM
    • Son of Brigadier-General W. Meldrum CB, CMG, DSO Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 28 January 2020 - https://www.aucklandmuseum.com/war-memorial/online-cenotaph/record/C28044 & https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/3m50/meldrum-william
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Death

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  • Death
    28 August 2004 AWMM
    Age 70 AWMM
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  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM Northern Division Rsa Burials Section 2 Block E Row F Plot 28 AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, August 2004 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

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  • In loving memory Dad, loads of love from each and every one of your children Alex Hugh Fiona Louise William
    Public - Fiona Alex Hugh William Louise - Child - 27 August 2019

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27 August 2019Fiona Alex Hugh William LouiseWellingtonChild
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