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John Cairns



  • Title
  • Forenames
    John AWMM
  • Surname
    Cairns AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jock AWMM
  • Service number
    • Borneo 36464 AWMM
    • Borneo K36464 AWMM
    • Malaya 36464 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 November 1925 Births, Deaths and Marriages
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  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
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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
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Medical history

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Last known rank

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Biographical information

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About death

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  • Death
    2 May 2017 AWMM
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  • Place of death
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  • Cemetery
    Kelvin Grove Cemetery Palmerston North New Zealand AWMM Area U, Block 014, Plot 005 AWMM
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  • Obituary
    Manawatu Standard, May 3, 2017: 'CAIRNS, John:
    Regt. No.36464, Capt., 1RNZIR, also 1Bn Gordon Highlanders of Palmerston North, peacefully on May 2 at Julia Wallace, after a long battle with Parkinsons, with Isabella by his side. Aged 84 years. Beloved husband for 61 years of Isabella. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Vivien and Peter Wilson, and the late John Hope; John and Kim (Shanghai); Ginny (Kuala Lumpur); Fiona and Geoff Wood. Adored Papa of Aaron and Anna Hope, Alex, and Cameron Wilson; Michelle, and Michael; James, Sophie, and Sam Wood and great-grandfather of Caitlin. Loved brother of Helen, James, and the late Margie (Scotland); and loved brother-in-law of Rachael (England). Donations in lieu of flowers to the Parkinsons Society, would be appreciated and may be left in the Chapel foyer. Special thanks to the staff at Julia Wallace for their loving care of John over the last 2 years. Messages to Cairns family c/- P.O.Box 5191, Palmerston North 4441. A Celebration of John's life will be held in the Terracehaven Chapel, 697 Main Street, Palmerston North on Friday 5th May 2017 at 1.00pm.' 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, 8 May 1964, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.139-150 AWMM
    • Nominal Roll 2NZ Regiment 1959-1961. Kindly provided by Alan (Archie) Dawson February 2021. AWMM
    • FARELF Nominal Roll Part 1 1958-1961 - Archives New Zealand, Wellington, CAJN CH189/Box70 41/4/11 (R21234083) AWMM

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