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Geoffrey Paul Ryder

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Detail, Headstone, St Johns Presbyterian Church cemetery (photo John Halpin February 2013) - CC BY John Halpin
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Geoffrey Paul AWMM
  • Surname
    Ryder AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    80904 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    11 November 1943 AWMM AWMM
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  • 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
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    80904 AWMM
  • Military service
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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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Embarkations

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
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Medical history

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    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Accidentally killed AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Remustered as a Photographer on the 28th March 1965, on attachment for Exercise Vanguard VI 2nd February 1965, 14th Squadron (Canberra), 1st April 1965. Died in a Motor Vehicle Accident alongside WRNZAF Kathleen Beryl Russell a shorthand typist. AWMM

Death

About death

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  • Death
    25 June 1965 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
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  • Date of death
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  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    St Johns Presbyterian Church cemetery, 120 Great South Rd Papatoetoe, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Ashes AWMM
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Memorials

Memorial

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Sources

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  • External links
  • Documents
    • 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
    • Pugsley, C. (2003). From emergency to confrontation: the New Zealand armed forces in Southeast Asia, 1949-1966. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press. AWMM
      p. 358 AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
      vol 2. p. 398. vol. 3. p. 423. AWMM
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