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Bill Henry Apiata

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Bill Henry "Willie" Apiata, VC is a former corporal in the New Zealand Special Air Service, who became the first recipient of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand

Willie H APIATA

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Bill Henry AWMM
  • Surname
    Apiata AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Willie AWMM
  • Service number
    M181550 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 June 1972 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
    VC 2007. Awarded for saving a comrade's life in 2004 whilst on patrol in Afghanistan. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Afghanistan 2009 AWMM Soldier/Military AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Raised in the Te Whanau a Apanui area, eastern Bay of Plenty

    Victoria Cross gifted by Corporal Apiata to the New Zealand Special Air Service Trust, Papakura, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM

Death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
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  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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  • Memorial name
    Dunedin, Victoria Cross winners' plaque, Queens Gardens, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM

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03 July 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher

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