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James Robert Gatenby



  • Title
  • Forenames
    James Robert AWMM
  • Surname
    Gatenby AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    Vietnam 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


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
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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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
    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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About 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
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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