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James Smith Watt Frew

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Identity

  • Title
    Dr AWMM
  • Forenames
    James Smith Watt AWMM
  • Surname
    Frew AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Vietnam 15854 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    31 October 1932 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • 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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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) AWMM
    NZ Gazette Number 37 dated 26 June 1969 CITATION Surgeon Commander Frew entered the Royal New Zealand Navy as a Probationary Surgeon Lieutenant in 1956 having previously served for some years in the Indian Army. He transferred to the permanent list in 1960 and has continued to serve the Navy in a most loyal and conscientious manner throughout his service. He is a reliable, painstaking and hard-working medical officer having the welfare of the sailor at heart and has made a particularly worthwhile contribution in the fields of Service hygiene and health discipline. From 1960 to 1962 he served in HMNZS Royalist, not only maintaining a well organised and efficient medical department, but willingly and cheerfully accepting other ship’s duties and organising entertainment and recreational activities for the ship’s company. In September 1967 he was posted to command the New Zealand Services Medical Team serving in Vietnam and during his period in command displayed his ability not only as a medical officer, but as an administrator under the most difficult conditions of service. During this period the Services Medical Team, under his leadership accomplished a fantastic volume of hospital and clinical work thus alleviating much suffering among the people of this war-ravaged country, and bringing great credit to New Zealand in the eyes of the Vietnamese Government and the population generally. On his return to New Zealand Surgeon Commander Frew presented a report in meticulous detail covering every aspect of the team’s activities and this report has proved of great value to the Ministry of Defence in its planning of the future requirements and role of the Services Medical Team in Vietnam. AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment

Embarkations

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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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  • Husband of Wendy

    Served in RNZN as Surgeon 1956-1972. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    23 July 2012 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 89 AWMM
    Beach HavenAuckland Ministry for Culture and Heritage
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  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    North Shore Memorial Park and Crematorium (Schnapper Rock), Albany, North Shore City, New Zealand AWMM Ashes Taken AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    Death Notice: New Zealand Herald, 25 July 2012 AWMM
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference

Memorials

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