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Alexander William Monk

Gravestone of Private Alexander William Monk, Waikanae Cemetery, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast. Image courtesy of Kapiti Coast District Council.

Gravestone of Private Alexander William Monk, Waikanae Cemetery, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast. Image court …

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Alexander William AWMM
  • Surname
    Monk AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Alec AWMM
  • Service number
    Borneo 653769 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    18 March 1943 AWMM OtakiManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 13 May 1963 AWMM Reikorangi, Waikanae, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Marjory Ruth Monk (mother), Reikorangi, Waikanae, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 8 May 1964 AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Borneo 13 May 1963 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Farm Contractor/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 foot 7 inches AWMM
    • Eye colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Grey AWMM
    • Hair colour, Unknown Period AWMM
      Fair AWMM
    • Hospital Diseases , Wounds, Borneo AWMM
      Mortally wounded from the accidental firing of a light machine gun AWMM
    • Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
      Accidentally killed by gunshot wound to chest during jungle operations AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Borneo 15 April 1964 AWMM Rifleman AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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    • Alexander Monk was the 3rd child of Alfred Kennedy Monk and Marjory Ruth Monk (nee Jarvis). He has 5 siblings.

      Educated at Wanganui Technical School.

      Alexander Monk was presented a NZOSM Medal by Prime Minister Helen Clark and Defence Minister Mark Burton on 3rd September 2003 which was received by next of kin.

      Formerly buried at Terendak Camp, Malacca, Malaysia (Plot CE, Row A, no. 3) at 2pm on 17 April 1964. Returned to New Zealand as part of the Te Auraki Repatriation Project.

      NZOSM was presented by the Prime Minister and Defence Minister Mark Burton in 2005.

      Chamberlain incorrectly lists him as embarking in 1965.

      The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) began repatriating the remains of personnel buried in Malaysia during 2018.

      This is part of project Te Auraki (The Return), under which the NZDF is bringing home personnel and dependants buried overseas after 1 January, 1955, following a change in Government policy. AWMM
    • (nee Jarvis) should read (nee Jervis) Public - Donald Raymond - Sibling - 28 September 2016 - Son of Majory Ruth Jervis
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About death

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  • Death
    15 April 1964 AWMM
    Age 22 AWMM
    KedahSingapore AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waikanae Cemetery, Waikanae, Kapiti Coast AWMM Plot 13, Row II, Monumental Blocks AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Korea, Malaya-Borneo. AWMM

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  • External links
  • References
    • Gurr, Robert M. (1995). Voices from a border war : a history of 1 Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment, 1963 to 1965. Melbourne, Vic.: Robert Gurr. AWMM
    • 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, 18 May-1 October 1965, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.151-156 AWMM


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28 September 2016Donald RaymondCountrySibling

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