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Robert Gordon Walsh

Portrait in 1941 while he was serving in the Army - This image may be subject to copyright

Portrait in 1941 while he was serving in the Army - This image may be subject to copyright


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Robert Gordon AWMM
  • Surname
    Walsh AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Gordon Walsh AWMM
    • R.G. AWMM
  • Service number
    • 2/4/201 AWMM
    • 126064 AWMM
    • NZ9187 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    • WW2 1939 AWMM
      Age 18 AWMM
    • WW2 9 February 1944 AWMM
      Age 23 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
    • Other, Unknown Period AWMM
      Spectacles AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Influenza while in NZ AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Contracted mumps at sea AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      Admitted to Patea Hospital Palersdton North AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, WWII AWMM
      HMHS Oxfordshire and HMNZHS Maunganui in Leyte Gulf Phillipines AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Son of Arthur Francis Louis Walsh (23744), who served for New Zealand in WW1.

    Before enlisting in the NZ Navy Mr Walsh had served in the NZ Army attesting at the age of 18 years.

    He trained with Army, 1 Taranaki Regiment, about November 1939. Service Numbers No. 2/4/201 (126064)

    Mr Walsh writes of his service around Japan: "After Japan surrendered a contingent from Gambia who along with US Forces immediately occupied Japanese Fortifications at Yokosuka and Yokohama before the US Fleet and elemented, only a few, from the British Pacific Fleet ventured into Tokyo Bay and in due course all anchored in the vicinity of Tokyo for the formal surrender ceremony on USS Missori. I was not one of that initial force. Following surrender Gambia and some Australian destroyers were despatched south to the Inland Sea to a city named Wakayama where they joined two American Hospital ships and elements of US 3rd Fleet. We were sent there to assist in the evacuation of about 2,500 prisoners of war. I was ashore there for a day or so as part of that relief force. Not long after that Gambia headed for home base at Philomel in Auckland from where I was discharged in 1946". From a letter sent to the Armoury Manager, dated 14 February 1999.

    Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 1999. HMS Gambia was transferred to the Royal New Zealand Navy as HMNZS Gambia from 1943 to 1946 and was returned to the Royal Navy at Portsmouth in March 1946 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    2011 AWMM
    New Zealand AWMM
  • 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
  • References
    • Harker J.S. (1989). HMNZS Gambia. Tauranga, N.Z.: Moana Press. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Navy List (c.1921-c.1970) - kindly provided by Ralph McNabb. AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM

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