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Brian Ashton Taipau Cootes

dad was 21 when he joined the army in 1963 ,8 months later he was on his way to the malayan peninsular where he was to serve for just over 2 years in very trying tropical jungle conditions .in 1966 transferred to the reserves where he was to serve for another 5 years . his medallic recongnition for service to his country he was awarded the new zealand operational service medal ,the general service medal with the borneo and malay peninsular clasps and the pingat jasa malaysia medal and the nz defence service medal .

my dad i love you and i miss you,i wish i was a better son xoxo

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    • Brian Ashton Taipau AWMM
    • Brian Ashton Taipau Public - Julie - Researcher - 11 October 2015 - family history
  • Surname
    Cootes AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • B. A. T. Cootes AWMM
    • Chooky AWMM
    • Chooky Public - Julie - Researcher - 11 October 2015 - family history
  • Service number
    40490 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
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  • Rohe
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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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About death

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  • Death
    16 August 2011 NZMVA
    OtakiWellington Region NZMVA
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  • Cemetery
    Otaki Public Cemetery Otaki New Zealand AWMM RSA Y, Row RSB, Plot 21 AWMM
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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • Last Post - New Zealand Malaya Veterans Association AWMM
    • Malayan Veterans Assn. (2004-). Selamat : Newsletter of the Malayan Veterans' Association Inc. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
23 March 2016perry ronald24 wood st paeroa nzChild
11 October 2015Julienew zealandResearcher

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