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Neil Dudley Anderson



  • Title
  • Forenames
    Neil Dudley AWMM
  • Surname
    Anderson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • 11789 AWMM
    • Korea 11789 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi / Hapū / Waka / Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 April 1927 AWMM HastingsHawkes Bay AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Royal Naval College, Dartmouth AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 1944 AWMM School boy/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
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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  • Husband of Barbara; father of Piers and Jeremy.

    Commander of HMNZS Taranaki

    1976 appointed Deputy Chief of Staff

    1977 Chief of Naval Staff, with rank of Rear Admiral

    1980 Chief of Defence Staff

    Served with rank of LT in Operation Grapple on HMNZ Pukaki from 21.5.1956 to 29.7.1957. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    5 June 2010 AWMM
    Age 83 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Cremated AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 8 June 2010

    Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 12 June 2010, includes portrait AWMM
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  • I owe this man a great deal. I only had a fleeting moment I met this man, and it touched me for life.

    It happened it the age of 14/15 back in 1980. I was in "Sea Cadets" in a unit called TS Amokura. Rear Admiral Anderson visited our unit on a Wednesday night. I was chosen to be "Guard commander" that night. I was tasked with leading a small detachment of boys around my age onto the quarter deck for parade. The Admiral was in attendance, and was tasked with picking the best dressed cadet. You guessed it, it was me. I'll never forget his friendly, personable smile and manner. For an officer of this standing and rank to attend and to take part left a lasting impression. I was incredibly honoured for this man to have picked me. It left an indelible impression on me that lasts until this day. I am so happy to be able to leave a memory such as this in writing for his sons to read. RIP Sir.
    Public - Robert - Self - 25 September 2021



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  • External links
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    Further Reference
  • References
    • Personnel - Demobilisation - RNZN [Royal New Zealand Navy], Archives New Zealand, Wellington, N1/427 (R21465798) AWMM
    • Who's who in New Zealand (1951-1991). Wellington, N.Z. ; Auckland, N.Z.: Reed. AWMM
    • This record was created from Operation Grapple research by Arthur Venus and Gerry Wright and kindly provided by Gerry Wright (2021). AWMM
    • Wright, G. C. (2007). We were there : Operation Grapple : the story of New Zealand's involvement in the British nuclear weapons tests at Christmas Island 1957-58. [Auckland, N.Z : Gerry Wright] AWMM


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25 September 2021RobertWellingtonSelf

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