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Richard Lindsay Pepper

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Richard Lindsay AWMM
  • Surname
    Pepper AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Dick AWMM
  • Service number
    • Jayforce 635329 AWMM
    • Vietnam P33363 AWMM
    • Vietnam 33363 AWMM
    • Korea 33363 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    14 July 1925 AWMM WaipawaHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Jayforce Pre 1 May 1943 AWMM Chambers Road, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Jayforce Mr S.C. Pepper (father), Chambers Road, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 28 May 1946 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Army Home Service (2 years 6 months) AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Jayforce 1 May 1943 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Labourer/Civilian AWMM
    HastingsHawkes Bay 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, Korea AWMM
    Wounded in Korea, shrapnel in left thigh AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Sydney Charles and Kathleen Helen Pepper, of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Sister of Lorna and Noreen.

    Five brothers served in WW2 and Jayforce. Two, Terence Barnes Pepper (NZ405318) and and Douglas Reid Pepper (NZ425591) were killed off the coast of France, three, Richard Lindsay Pepper (635329), Brian Sydney Carlyon Pepper, Nolan Pepper (657063) survived.

    Richard Pepper enlisted in May 1943, completed Army Basic Training and was then released on a part-time basis to complete essential wool classing activities. Early in 1944 he was recalled to full-time Army Service and in 1945 he was posted to the 16th Reinforcements 2NZEF at Trentham Camp. The conclusion of WW2 created the abandonment of Reinforcements and Pepper was posted to Army HQ at Wellington. Early in 1946 he was posted to the First Relief Draft J Force at Papakura Camp.

    On returning from Japan in October 1948 Richard Pepper was assigned to the Regular Army Staff at Area 7 Napier. In mid 1949 he was posted to the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps at Waiouru Camp. Late in 1952 he was posted to the Royal Tank Regiment (British) in Korea.

    On return from Korea Mr Pepper participated as an Instructor in various roles, including several overseas exchanges.

    In 1966 on the founding of No.3 Helicopter Squadron RNZAF he was assigned to that unit

    During the Vietnam Campaign Pepper was posted to the Australian Logistics Group. His term in Vietnam was extended, during which he served (attached) with the 3rd Squadron - 4th US Cavalry. (Based on Biographical Notes written by R L Pepper, February 1999).

    Vietnam: Attached to 2nd Bn, 34th Armour 11-25 Mar 1970; then 3rd Sqn, 4th Cav Regt 27 Mar - 11 Apr 1970.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999. Volunteered with the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Armoury Information Centres for many years. Two serial numbers, the first (635329) is from the 2NZEF while the other (P33363) came into effect from 1949. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    25 May 2010 AWMM
    Age 84 AWMM
    Three KingsAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated at Purewa Cemetery and Crematorium, Meadowbank, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 31 May 2010 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • He was my uncle. I look like him.
    Public - cyril - Direct descendant - 11 December 2019



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  • External links
  • References
    • Challinor, D. (1998). Grey ghosts : New Zealand Vietnam vets talk about their war. Auckland, N.Z.: Hodder Moa Beckett. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1950). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 16 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1946 to 30th June, 1948). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 16: WW2 104 AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (1995). Service lives remembered : the Meritorious Service Medal in New Zealand and it's recipients 1895-1994. Wellington, NZ.: Author. AWMM
      p.329 AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
      Subritsky, M. (Compiler). (1995). p. 285 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 31 May 2010 AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Nominal rolls - Nominal rolls embarkation K-force [Korea Nominal Roll], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AAYS 8638 AD1/1433 (R22440250) AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (2013). The New Zealand Korea Roll : honouring those who served in the New Zealand Armed Forces in Korea, 1950-1957. Wellington, N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM


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