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Peter Haydn Thompson


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Peter Haydn AWMM
  • Surname
    Thompson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • U14347 AWMM
    • P/JX 740859 AWMM
    • NZ14347 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    21 February 1928 AWMM LondonEngland AWMM
    London, England AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • Unknown AWMM Royal Navy, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England AWMM
    • Unknown AWMM Royal New Zealand Navy, Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Doris Thompson (mother), England AWMM
    • Mrs D.Thompson (mother), Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    • Sinai & Palestine 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 AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    • U14347 AWMM
    • P/JX 740859 AWMM
    • NZ14347 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Royal Navy Service, excellent: HMS Royal Arthur ; Glendower, Valkyrie, Excellent RN Service) AWMM
    • Royal Navy, Excellent: HMAS Watson, Cerberus AWMM
    • RNC: Greenwich, HMS Phoenix, Excellent, Vernon, Dryad, Mercury, HMAS Cerebrus RNZN Service AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM
    Age 17 AWMM
    Farm hand/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
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 foot 7 inches AWMM
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Eyesight 6/6 6/6 AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Served in Royal Navy as a seaman with gunnery radar control sub specialisation until the end of the post WW 2 emergency period, mainly in the Mediterranean Fleet. Enlisted in the Royal New Zealand Navy in the rating of Able Seaman.

    Promoted Leading Seaman October 1955, Petty Officer October 1957, Chief Petty Officer December 1962 with the sub specialisation of Chief Gunnery Instructor.

    Commissioned in the rank of Acting Sub Lieutenant (SD)(G)(g+) February 1963, promoted Lieutenant July 1966, promoted Lieutenant Commander January 1973 and placed on the Retired List 18 January 1983.

    Served for 33 years.

    Royal Navy service number - P/JX 740859

    Student, laboratory assistant, Farm Worker, animal husbandry, hydrophonics (commercial), Security Project manager; Customer Services Officer AHI, Fishing Tackle Retail and Wholesale Trade. AWMM
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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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15 June 2020Christopher Withiel RussellAuckland, New ZealandChild
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