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John Lawrence William Salter

Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Lawrence William AWMM
  • Surname
    Salter AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    WWII O/7117 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 August 1911 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs E. Salter (wife), 25 Ravelston Street, Tainui, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Navy AWMM
  • Service number
    WWII O/7117 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) AWMM
    • Mentioned in Despatches (MiD) AWMM
      MiD. 1943, for action by HMNZS Kiwi and HMNZS Moa against a Japanese submarine. "Salter and Bright refused to leave a signalman who was unconscious and severely injured on the bridge of the HMNZ Moa. These ratings realised that he could not be thrown into the water and therefore in the short time available, they fitted him with a life jacket and when the ship disappeared floated off supporting him. Their coolness and courage undoubtedly saved his life, and is considered particularly praise-worthy in view of the fact that they had no knowledge of the side towards which the ship would capsize." Evening Post AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Inter War 1930 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

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

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Letter of Commendation (United States), 1943.

    On the night of 29 January 1943, when HMNZS mine-sweepers 'Kiwi' and 'Moa' identified and attacked the Japanese submarine I-1, off the north west coast of Guadacanal. 'Kiwi' rammed it three times, and it ran aground and was destroyed.

    Auckland War Memorial Museum has items on display in "Our small ships": a model of the Corvette mine-sweeper HMNZS 'Kiwi', the crests of the 'Kiwi' and 'Moa', a cap ribbon, HMNZS 'Kiwi', the sextant from the Japanese submarine I-1, and photographs of the 'Kiwi' at sea, the ship's company of HMNZS 'Kiwi' marching up Queen Street, Auckland, the remains of the Japanese submarine I-1 sunk off Guadalcanal, the HMNZS 'Kiwi' at Devonport Dockyards for repairs; and an Oerlikon cannon.

    Awarded for saving life on sinking of HMNZS 'Moa' AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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