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Anthony Taroa Averill Mataira

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Anthony Taroa Averill (Tony) MATAIRA MBE MID - Terendak 1967 (Major, Battalion 2ic)

Anthony Taroa Averill (Tony) MATAIRA MBE MID - Terendak 1967

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Anthony Taroa Averill AWMM
  • Surname
    Mataira AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • Taroa AWMM
    • Tony AWMM
  • Service number
    31352 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    28 July 1928 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    1948-1960 AWMM
    The Malayan Emergency AWMM
    The Malayan Emergency (1948-1960) After the defeat of the Japanese in WWII, a new problem emerged for Malaya. In 1948 Chinese guerrilla fighters (who had been armed and air supplied by the British during the war) emerged from the jungle and under Chin Peng, began their terror campaign to take over the country by force. Thus an intense jungle war began, fought by the British, British Commonwealth and Malay forces against the Malayan Communist Party. The Australian Government of the day, along with many others in the Western bloc, was apprehensive about the spread of international communism. Initially there was not much coordination between security forces until Lt.-Gen.Sir Harold Briggs was appointed as Director of Operations in 1949. His war executive committees (including Sir Henry Gurney) coordinated emergency operations, and created 500 new villages for Malayan citizens who lived in remote areas beyond government protection. These citizens had lived in constant fear that the Communists would appear and force them to supply food and money. Travelling was dangerous as a Communist ambush could lurk behind any roadside bush. So, by depriving the insurgents of their crucial sources of supplies and information, the Communists began to attack the new settlements. But the security forces were now fighting on their own ground, and proved to be too strong for the Communists. These forces were able to concentrate on jungle operations, thereby destroying the Communists and their camps. This was the longest continuous military commitment in Australia's history. It was to be the only war the West had won against Communism. The Emergency lasted for twelve years, ending in 1960. Australia suffered 15 killed and 27 wounded in action. From http://www.raafschoolpenang.com/malaysia.htm AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    31352 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    Captain, 1 Bn NZ Regiment 1957/59, Malaya. Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 25 January 2020 - 1 Bn RNZIR Dieppe Barracks Association history annuals

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Duntroon graduated 1950 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Unknown AWMM
    Age 19 AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    • Vietnam Major/Military Ministry for Culture and Heritage New Zealand Regiment, 1 Battalion, D Company Ministry for Culture and Heritage British Commonwealth Far East Strategic Reserve AWMM
      2nd Embarkation AWMM
    • Malaya Captain/Military AWMM ANZAC Battalion AWMM Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment AWMM
    • 1st Embarkation - Malaya - Lieutenant - 1 Bn Fiji Infantry Regiment. 4Aug52/1954. (Malayan Emergency) Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 7 July 2021 - The New Zealand Gazette - 15Jan53
    • 2nd Embarkation - Malaya - Captain - Officer Commanding Delta Company, 1 NZ Regt, Perak, Malaya. Nov57/Nov59. (Malayan Emergency). Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 7 July 2021 - Nom Roll 57/59 1 NZ Regt Assoc (Morrison Bn) Perak, Malaya.
    • 3rd Embarkation - Malaysia/Vietnam - Major - Battalion 2ic (Brooke's Battalion 67/69) Terendak, Malacca, Malaysia. Vietnam - 2RAR/NZ(ANZAC)Bn 2ic (Dec67/Nov68) Public - Roscoe - Researcher - 7 July 2021 - Nom Roll 67/69, 1 RNZIR History Room (Brooke Bn) Terendak, Malacca, Malaysia.

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

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Husband of Billie for 54 years

    Malaya two tours

    Captain 1 NZ Regiment

    Major 1RNZIR

    1967-69 Second in Command 1RNZIR

    1969-71 Commanding Officer 1 Battalion Depot, Burnham

    Awarded the Malayan Perak Meritorious Service Medal in 1960

    He served for 31 years

    Tangi held at Whakaue Marae, Maketu

    Buried in St Thomas' Church Cemetery, Maketu

    Photo of Capt A.T.A. Mataira in The Officers, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Nyasa Camp, Malaya 1958)

    Photo of Capt A.T.A. Mataira in The Officers, 1st Battalion The New Zealand Regiment (Sobraon Camp, Malaya 1959)

    Photo of Maj A.T.A. Mataira in The Officers, 1st Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (Terendak Camp, Malaysia 1967) AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Death
    4 February 2011 Cemetery Record
    Age 82 AWMM
    WellingtonNew Zealand Cemetery Record
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Thomas' (Anglican) Church Cemetery, Church Road, Maketu, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 February 2011 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

Memorial

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Roll of Honour

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  • Grandad,

    Some of my earliest childhood memories are going to the dawn service with you and having a cup of tea and a biscuit in the Marae afterward.

    It's only now that I am older I can begin to understand the service and dedication that you gave to our country. I am so proud of you and feel so honored to be your granddaughter. Thinking about you a lot today and would love nothing more than to sit down and have a good chat.

    Lots of love and forever grateful for you.

    Rach X
    Public - Rachel - Direct descendant - 25 April 2020
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • Koorey, P.(Ed). (2007). 1st [First] Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment 1957-2007 : from South East Asia to Afghanistan, the first 50 years. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott. AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
    • Koorey, P.(Ed). (2007). 1st [First] Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment 1957-2007 : from South East Asia to Afghanistan, the first 50 years. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott. AWMM
      Koorey, P. (2007). p.31, 287-8, 296, 303-4, 307 AWMM
    • Taylor, A. (1998). The New Zealand roll of honour : New Zealanders who have served their country in peace and war : 150 years, 1845-1995. Auckland, N.Z.: Roll of Honour Publications. AWMM
      Taylor, A. (1998). p.688 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 5 February 2011 AWMM
    • 1st Battalion - New Zealand Regiment - Historical Records - General, July 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand, Wellington, ADRC 17588 2/1/1 (R17928162). AWMM
    • Clamp, B., Clamp, D., & 1st Battalion the New Zealand Regiment (1957-59) Association. (2007). 1st battalion the New Zealand regiment (1957-59) association 50th anniversary: the first of the first. B. Clamp. AWMM
    • This record was partially created from Cemetery research completed by Carol Foster (2021). AWMM
    • 1NZIR Honours and Awards 1957-1959, Archives New Zealand AWMM
    • Malayan Veterans Assn. (2004-). Selamat : Newsletter of the Malayan Veterans' Association Inc. AWMM
    • Fry, P., & New Zealand. Army. Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment. Battalion, 1st. (1983). The First Battalion Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment : Journal / [P.J. Fry, editor] (25th anniversary commemorative ed.). Singapore: The Regiment. AWMM

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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
07 July 2021RoscoeNZResearcher
25 April 2020RachelAucklandDirect descendant
25 January 2020RoscoeAotearoaResearcher

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