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Kato Robert Pera

Kato Pera in uniform, full length - This image may be subject to copyright

Kato Pera in uniform, full length - This image may be subject to copyright


Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    30 June 1939 AWMM KaikoheNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Kare Toki Pera (mother), Victoria Street, Hamilton, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Malaya 31 March 1959 AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
    Miner/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 feet 7 inches AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Dark AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Brown AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the serviceman in 2008 AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    16 September 2019 AWMM
    Age 80 AWMM
    Red BeachAuckland Province AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    PERA, Kato Robert. Regtl. No. X38592, Sgt, NZ Army. On Monday, 16th September 2019, peacefully, at home. Aged 80 years. Dearly loved husband of Lynne. Loved father of Michael, Caroline and Troy. Loved poppa of Ethan and Tyler. New Zealand Herald 21 September 2019. AWMM
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Hi Bro Kato, It was wonderful catching up with you again since we last saw one another, 1965 Malaya/Borneo Bob Gurr's 1RNZIR 1965. To have run into you again, unexpectedly at the Auckland Museum Volunteers Xmas lunch was most exciting, especially having both being volunteers there, and that over the last 3 years myself on ground floor Information Desk, with you on the Memorial floor, as a Vol' in the Armory, not have run into one another beggars belief! I wish you and your family all the very best wishers for Christmas and an Happy New Year. Colin ("Bang Bang") Andrews P38492
    Public - Colin John - Comrade - 10 December 2015



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  • External links
    NZ and the Confrontation in Borneo (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 23-Jul-2007
    Further Reference
  • References
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 8 May 1964, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.139-150 AWMM
    • Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
    • Nominal Roll 2NZ Regiment 1959-1961. Kindly provided by Alan (Archie) Dawson February 2021. AWMM
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 1 1958-1961 - Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM
    • Cenotaph record initially prepared with the service person. AWMM


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10 December 2015Colin JohnTauranga & AucklandComrade

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