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Stanley James Kidd

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Stanley James AWMM
  • Surname
    Kidd AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Stanley James Kidd AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 838605 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    27 January 1944 Ministry for Culture and Heritage AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Single AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 838605 AWMM
  • Military service
    Territorial AWMM
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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
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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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  • Medical notes
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The only son in a family of seven, Lieutenant Kidd was educated at the Westmere Primary School, Pasadena Intermediate and Rotorua High School. After leaving school he worked for a short time in Rotorua and Christchurch before receiving his commission in the Territorial Force. Lieutenant Kidd was a fine singer and guitarist and led a dance band in Christchurch. He was a popular entertainer in Rotorua and in the Army.

    On August 1 1965, he received his commission at Waiouru in the Territorial Force. He joined the Regular Force on April 17 1967 and was posted to Singapore from the Burnham Military Camp after having his final leave in South Auckland. He was stationed in Singapore for a year, and had served 8 months in Vietnam when he was killed.

    His death occurred when his patrol was ambushed on April 17 1970, exactly three years to the day since he had joined the Regular Force and only six days before he was due to go to Singapore for six weeks leave. From there, he was to return to New Zealand on 29 May 1970.

    Killed in action - general shrapnel wound to arm and chest

    Lieutenant Kidd's father, Mr Henry Beehre of Waiuku, received the New Zealand Operational Service Medal on his behalf from the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence at a presentation at the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Thursday 27 November 2003

    Remembered on the Papakura - Karaka War Memorial

    Killed in action, 17 April 1970 – gunshot wound to body in contact.

    Born in Auckland, Stan was the only son in a family of seven children. Moving to Rotorua and then Christchurch, he worked as an entertainer before joining the Regular Force from the Territorial Force in 1967. Posted to Terendak, Malaysia, he arrived in Vietnam as a replacement Platoon Commander with V4 Company in November 1969. On 17 April 1970 Stan's platoon were leading a company advance during Operation Townsville – V4's final operation – when they contacted the enemy and he was killed in action. His name appears on the Rotorua Boys' High School Memorial. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 April 1970 AWMM
    Age 26 AWMM
    Phuoc Tuy ProvinceVietnam AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Papakura Public Cemetery, Great South Road and Settlement Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM RSA Section: Row L, Plot 34. H/S: 838605 AWMM
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  • Memorial name
    • Papakura - Karaka War Memorial, Great South Road, Papakura, New Zealand AWMM
    • Rotorua Boys' High School AWMM

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  • External links
    Australia's Vietnam War
    Further Reference
  • Documents
    • Subritsky, M. (Ed). (1995). The Vietnam scrapbook: The second ANZAC adventure. Papakura, N.Z.: Three Feathers Publishing Co. AWMM
    • News advertiser AWMM
      News Advertiser 30 April 1970, p1. AWMM
    • Information kindly provided by family AWMM
      New Zealand Ex-Vietnam Services Association Inc. AWMM
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