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James Robert Gatenby

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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
    James Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Gatenby AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jim AWMM
  • Service number
    • Vietnam 38655 AWMM
    • Malaya 38655 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    5 December 1937 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Ngakuru, Rotorua, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • 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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  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    5 June 1969 AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed when he was struck by fragments from a rocket propelled grenade. AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Corporal Gatenby was originally from Kaponga, Taranaki, and was the only soldier from Taranaki to be killed in action during the Vietnam War. He was on his third tour overseas and his second in Vietnam.

    Formerly buried at Terendak Camp, Malacca, Malaysia.

    Originaly buried in Terandak Camp, Malaysia, in 2018 Corporal Gatenby was returned to New Zealand as part of Te Auraki (The Return) project, and reburied in Opunake.

    Killed in action, 5 June 1969 – rocket propelled grenade fragments to head in contact. AWMM
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Death

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  • Death
    5 June 1969 AWMM
    Phuoc Tuy ProvinceVietnam AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Opunake Cemetery, Opunake, Taranaki, New Zealand AWMM Plot 1918, Block K, RSA Section AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    New Zealand Herald 10 June 1969 s1, p1. AWMM
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Sources

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