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Nigel Marshall Laing



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Nigel Marshall AWMM
  • Surname
    Laing AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Tubby AWMM
    • Nigel AWMM
  • Service number
    • WWII 458414 AWMM
    • Malaya 31128 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 December 1918 AWMM DargavilleNorthland AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    • WW2 Ruawai AWMM
    • WW2 Ruawai AWMM
    • WW2 Ruawai AWMM
    • Jayforce Ruawai AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • WW2 Mr J.M. Laing (father), Ruawai, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mr J.M. Laing (father), Ruawai, New Zealand AWMM
    • WW2 Mrs O.E.M. Laing (wife), c/o Prim. School, Te Awamutu AWMM
    • Jayforce Mrs O.E.M. Laing (wife), C/o Burnham Military Camp AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and 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

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  • Medical notes

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Biographical information

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  • Posted to Fanning Island with a detachment protecting the communications cable shortly before WW2

    According to Marjorie Traill, a friend, Nigel was initially a territorial, then joined the regular force and was serving in New Zealand at the outbreak of WW2.

    His first posting overseas to Fanning Island in the Pacific area to protect the communication cable, was as a regular soldier at the start of WW2.

    With the mass recruiting for WW2 underway he was an instructor at Trentham, then Burnham.

    Husband of Olive M; father of Donald, Briar.

    Posted to Dunedin as a regimental sergeant major to the Otago Regiment at age 23

    In 1942 he joined 8th reinforcements at Burnham and posted to Fiji, commissioned with rank as Lieutenant. He did active service in the Pacific returning to Fiji in 1945.

    Briefly worked as instructor at Burnham before transferred to Jayforce in 1946 and spent 15 months in Japan on postwar reconstruction

    On return to NZ he specialised in stores work, with 5 years as quartermaster at Waiouru before returning to Burnham as accounting officer.

    In 1959 posted to Malaya, Taiping (1959-1961) 2 Battalion, 2nd Regiment as Quarter Master with the rank of Captain. Served there for 2 years and promoted to Major

    Returned to Burnham in 1961 and became 2nd in command of the base.

    Retired from Burnham Military Camp with the rank of Major in 1973 with 35 consecutive years of service

    Gave wrong age to enlist with territorials.

    Photo of Capt N.M. Laing in The Officers, 2nd Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Taiping, Malaya 1960)

    Photo of Capt N.M. Laing in The Officers, 2nd Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Malaya 1961) AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    4 January 2007 RSA Last Post/Cemetery Record
    ChristchurchCanterbury RSA Last Post/Cemetery Record
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    All Saint's Churchyard, Prebbleton, Selwyn District, Canterbury AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Obituary: Christchurch Press 20 January 2007 p. D18

    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 6 January 2007 AWMM
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  • Documents
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 9 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1942 to 31st December, 1942). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.224 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 14 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1944 to 31st December, 1944). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.54 AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 15 (Embarkations from 1st January, 1945 to 31st December, 1945). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      p.79 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
      p.73 AWMM
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Overseas postings and forces - New Zealand Force for Malaya Far East land forces - Officers, 1957-1971, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, AD-W6W2564 36 part 3. AWMM
    • Nominal Roll 2NZ Regiment 1959-1961. Kindly provided by Alan (Archie) Dawson February 2021. AWMM
    • Gillespie, O. (1952). The Pacific. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • Brocklebank, L.W. (1997). Jayforce : New Zealand and the military occupation of Japan, 1945-48. Auckland, N.Z.: Oxford University Press. AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM

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