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John Stewart Williams

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    John Stewart AWMM
  • Surname
    Williams AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Jack AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 41530 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    15 December 1948 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mrs Williams (wife), Napier, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    Vietnam 41530 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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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
    Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Attended Terrace School, Waipukurau.

    Formerly buried at Terendak Camp, Malacca, Malaysia. Returned to New Zealand as part of the Te Auraki Repatriation Project in 2018.

    The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) began repatriating the remains of personnel buried in Malaysia during 2018.

    This is part of project Te Auraki (The Return), under which the NZDF is bringing home personnel and dependants buried overseas after 1 January, 1955, following a change in Government policy.

    Private Williams' mother, Mrs June Williams of North Shore, Auckland, 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

    Memorial Flag - Presented to family.

    Killed in action - Gunshot wound to head and neck.

    Killed in action, 17 June 1969 – gunshot wounds to head and neck in contact. John (Jack) Williams grew up in Waipukurau and joined the Regular Force cadets in 1965. After postings to NSTU Burnham and 1 Battalion Depot, he joined 1RNZIR at Terendak, Malaysia in November 1968. A training accident prevented him from accompanying the main body of V4 Company to Vietnam in May 1969. He rejoined the Company on 17 June 1969 during Operation Laverack. He was killed in action later that day when V4 encountered a large enemy bunker system.Read an article about Jack Williams (Napier Mail, 3 April 2012). AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    17 June 1969 Ministry for Culture and Heritage
    Age 21 AWMM
    VietnamSoutheast Asia AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Waipukurau Cemetery, Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
    • Obituary: Hawkes Bay Today, 23 August 2018 AWMM
    • In August 2018 - Jack Williams was returned home to NZ, and was re interment at his final resting place at Waipukurau Cemetery. Public - Lorraine Mona - Researcher - 19 June 2023 -
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  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, Hall of Memories. Vietnam. AWMM

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19 June 2023Lorraine MonaGisborne Researcher

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