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Frederick Bigg-Wither

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Frederick AWMM
  • Surname
    Bigg-Wither AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Vietnam 38417 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    7 February 1942 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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  • Place of birth
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Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    British Empire Medal (BEM) AWMM
    1970 AWMM
    NZ Gazette Number 1 dated 15 January 1970 (NY Honours 1970) CITATION Sergeant Bigg-Wither enlisted as a Regular Force Cadet in January 1959 and graduated into the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery in 1960. He was posted to 16th Field Regiment, and after qualifying on various Artillery courses was posted in 1963 as an Instructor to the National Service Training Unit. In 1965 when 161 Battery RNZA was deployed to South Vietnam, Sergeant Bigg-Wither was selected for service with the battery and on arrival in South Vietnam was promoted to the temporary rank of Sergeant. He returned to New Zealand on completion of his tour of duty and served for fifteen months in the Regular Cadre of 22 Battery RNZA before returning to South Vietnam for a second tour in February 1968. During both his tours in South Vietnam Sergeant Bigg-Wither carried out his operational duties in an exceptional manner, so much so that the consistently accurate fire that his gun crew provided with such alacrity earned him the respect of all whom he was supporting. His versatility, competence and demeanour were such that he commanded the utmost respect from all who served with him. There is no doubt that throughout two exacting tours in South Vietnam Sergeant Bigg-Wither showed a selflessness, efficiency and devotion to the guns which is in the highest traditions of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery and brought great credit both on himself and the New Zealand Army. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
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  • Enlistment
    Post WW2 Jan 1959 AWMM Soldier/Civilian AWMM
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Brother of Mary, Alan, Sam, Elsa,Ruby

    Served in Vietnam 1965-66 and 1968.

    Read citation for BEM gazetted NY 1970. Served as Gun Section NCO 17.2.1968 to 12.12.1968 also TOD 20.7.1965 to 20.4.1966. Qualifies for Australian UCG for FSB Coral and Balmoral.

    Ex RF Cadet Kippenberger Clas 1959. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    28 May 2010 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 68 AWMM
    PapakuraAuckland Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
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  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 31 May 2010 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • References
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
      Taylor, A. p.154 AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
      Subritsky, M. (Compiler). (1995). p.268 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 31 May 2010 AWMM

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