Colin Moffat AWMM
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Date of birth
Place of birth
Address before enlistment
Pre 24 April 1905 AWMM 57 Kenmure Road, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
Post war occupation
Next of kin on embarkation
Mrs R.F. Douglas (wife), 108 Forbury Crescent, St Clair, Dunedin, New Zealand AWMM
Pre 20 July 1943 AWMM Single AWMM
POW liberation details
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Wounds Diseases Etc., WWII AWMM
On 6 June 1944, wounded by a German 88mm shell fragment in an action near Florence, Italy AWMM
Husband of Rata; father of Glenys and John.
Served in North Africa and Italy from August 1943, including being wounded in action [see above].
Returned to NZ on SS Orion, arriving Lyttelton on 09 February 1946.
Served with the UN as a Military Observer initially in Damascus and the Golan heights, later in the UN base in Tiberias and subequently the UN HQ in Jerusalem. His time there included the Yom Kippur War. A notable mission during this time was the introduction of Russian Officers to the Observer role, his place in these very sensitive negotiations and his signature was on the agreement documents alongside those of the Israeli Prime minister and the Syrian President.
He led a team of Army Engineers to rescue survivors and recover bodies from the Tangiwai railway disaster.
When a visiting RAF Vulcan bomber with damaged undercarriage landed at Ohakea and veered off the runway in the soft earth, Colin originated and undertook the job of lifting the aircraft with airbags to allow steel plates to be placed under the wheels to be towed clear. This was an innovation which received high praise for the RNZE in NZ and the UK.
Cenotaph database record compiled from information in the Death Notice and copy of eulogy. AWMM
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- Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1945). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 12 (Embarkations from 1st July, 1943 to 31st December, 1943). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
WW2 12: WW2 53 AWMM
- The New Zealand Herald AWMM
Obituary: New Zealand Herald, 9 August 2011 AWMM
- Dominion Post AWMM
Death Notice: Dominion Post, 9 August 2011 AWMM
- Ross, A. (1959). 23 Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM
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