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John Michael Richardson

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Delta Coy 2 NZ Regiment Malaya 1961. Left to right (Back Row). PTE CR King, PTE J Hemopo, PTE TP Doile, PTE ST Kira, PTE BB Neustroski, PTE F Karaka, PET CR Anaia, CPL RW Harris, PTE LA Harding, PTE MJ Ring, PTE PJ Edwards, L/CPL KW Merito, PTE KJ Kerr, PTE LJ Ford, PTE MJ Tehai, PTE H Talbot, PTE J Walker Grace, PTE T Rangitonga, PTE A Rewi, PTE D Gage, PTE RG Walley, PTE GJE Roberts, PTE D French. Second Row. PTE W Andrews, PTE JT Babbington, PTE H Fuller, PET JK Keremeta, PTE RB MacGillivray, PTE J Lavin, PTE JO Williams, L/CPL JR Gatenby, PTE CN Saunders, CPL N Kawha, PTE TC Topia, PTE BM Graham, PTE RT Ormsby, PTE JD Yardley, PTE T Terangi, CPL M Taia, PTE MW O'Brien, PTE AS Patterson, L/CPL FI Dalton, PTE RE Waldron, PTE E Mohi, PTE R Gardiner, PTE H Eketone, PTE GG McCorkindale. Third Row. PTE JP Kelly, PTE JC Tiller, PTE RW Kerr, PTE H Maheno, L/CPL JE Blakeway, L/CPL JM Richardson, PTE AH McCutcheon, PTE PS Crowhurst, PTE PM Gallacher, PTE TG Hoad, PTE JW Temoananui, PTE RD Simeon, PTE ST Solla, PTE RL Mitchell, PTE ATT White, L/CPL ES Cooper, L/CPL LR Wilson, PTE AI Wadsworth, L/CPL RA Howard, CPL MJ Maytum, PTE NS Vail, PTE NB Nash, PTE PW Brown, PTE G Kepa, CPL RJ Tetau, PTE H Koni, PTE DT Naera, CPL T Riri, PTE WA McGee, PTE EJG Ormsby, PTE TP Frost, SGT RCM Brown, LT BA Murphy, S/SGT EW Hanna, CAPT EV Braggins (2 IC Coy), MAJ JM Morris (OC D Coy), CSM PR Flood, LT RS Dearing, SGT RH Staniford, LT AR Fraser, SGT RP Withers, PTE J Cribb, PTE ST Kose, PTE ST Karu, PTE J Johnston, CPL TK Grey, PTE PA Lawson, SGT DWS Faulkner, CPL ST Paul, PTE TW Hemi, PTE WM Waru. Image kindly provided by Peter Gallacher (December 2020).

Delta Coy 2 NZ Regiment Malaya 1961. Left to right (Back Row). PTE CR King, PTE J Hemopo, PTE TP Doi …

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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Michael AWMM
  • Surname
    Richardson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    • John Michael Richardson AWMM
    • Michael AWMM
    • John AWMM
    • "JR" Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 11 October 2017 - Dieppe Barracks history
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 467305 AWMM
    • Malaya 467305 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    6 June 1939 AWMM East GrinsteadSussex AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Post war occupation
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  • Relationship status
    31 December 1961 AWMM Married/Post WWII AWMM
    Bevereley Merie Holdcroft AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
    NZ Force – South East Asia. (Singapore-Malaysia 1966-1989) Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 14 August 2017 - Dieppe Barracks history
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 467305 AWMM
    • Malaya 467305 AWMM
  • Military service
    • Senior Weapons Instructor (SWI), 1 RNZIR (Singapore) 1980/82. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 14 August 2017 - Dieppe Barracks history
    • Victor 6 Company - was part of - 4RAR/NZ(ANZAC) Battalion, SVN. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 14 August 2017 - Dieppe Barracks history
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers
    • Private (Delta Company) 2 Bn NZ Regiment 1959/61, Perak, Malaya. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 February 2020 - 1 Bn RNZIR Dieppe Barracks Association history annuals
    • Staff Sergeant (CQMS) Victor 6 Company, 4RAR/NZ (ANZAC) Bn, 1ATF, May/Dec 1971, South Vietnam. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 27 February 2020 - https://vietnamwar.govt.nz/veteran/ssgt-jm-richardson
    • Sergeant, (1 RNZIR) 2May64/18Mar66 Terendak, Malaysia, May/Oct 1965, Sarawak, Malaysia (Borneo). Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 20 September 2020 - NZ Defence Records

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    Malaya 18 May 1959 Chamberlain Soldier/Civilian Chamberlain
    HamiltonWaikato Chamberlain
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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
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Medical history

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Biographical information

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  • John Richardson was born in the United Kingdom and came to New Zealand in 1956. His parents were Ronald George and Ethal Joan Richardson (nee Harmon).

    He married Beverley Merie Holdcroft on 31 December 1961. They had three children: John Wiremu, Wayne Campbell, and Tracey Louise

    He served in Borneo as a Sergeant and in Vietnam as a Staff Sergeant.

    Involved in administrative work for the Commonwealth Games held in Auckland in 1990.

    Cenotaph database record compiled from information provided by family. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    28 February 2012 AWMM
    Age 72 AWMM
    Three KingsAuckland City AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
  • Cemetery name
    Putaruru Cemetery, 104 Tirau Street. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 15 August 2017 - Council Records
  • Grave reference
    Block; LCRSA, Plot; 160. Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 15 August 2017 - Council Records
  • Obituary
    Death notice: New Zealand Herald, 1 March 2012 AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Roll of Honour

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  • Q467305 John Michael (JR) RICHARDSON-MBE. [MV] [BV] [CQMS-V6] (SWI 80/82) 28Feb2012 aged 72 (c). Ashes buried at Putaruru Cemetery, 104 Tirau Street, Block; LCRSA, Plot; 160. [-38.04274, 175.78293] LEST WE FORGET (Information kindly supplied to the AWMM by seava.co.nz) JR, another great commander and friend to all. ONWARD.
    Public - Roscoe - Comrade - 2 May 2018
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Sources

Sources

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  • External links
    Australia's Vietnam War
    https://vietnam.unsw.adfa.edu.au/
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Chamberlain, H. (1995). Service lives remembered : the Meritorious Service Medal in New Zealand and it's recipients 1895-1994. Wellington, NZ.: Author. AWMM
    • 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
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
    • Chamberlain, H. (1995). Service lives remembered : the Meritorious Service Medal in New Zealand and it's recipients 1895-1994. Wellington, NZ.: Author. AWMM
      p 394 AWMM
    • 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
      p.165 AWMM
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
      p. 287 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
      p.901 AWMM
    • The New Zealand Herald AWMM
      Death notice: , 1 March 2012 AWMM
    • H.E. Chamberlain, Nominal Roll – 1 RNZIR, 18 May-1 October 1965, in Gurr, Robert. (2009). Voices from a border war: Borneo 1963-1965. 2nd Edition. Christchurch, N.Z.: Wilson Scott Publishing, pp.151-156 AWMM
    • Nominal Roll 2NZ Regiment 1959-1961. Kindly provided by Alan (Archie) Dawson February 2021. AWMM

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